The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, yesterday visits Aso Rock on the invitation of President Buhari in relation to a leaked latter that rolled out scandalous allegation of 24billion dollar on the Managing Director of the Nation’s Oil Top manager Maikanti Baru’s Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, where the Minister declined comments after emerging from a closed-door meeting with the President, which lasted over one hour.
When State House Correspondents approached him and sought to know what transpired during his meeting with the President, following the controversy generated by his recent letter to the President, Kachikwu only responded: “No comment.”
Prodded further as he walked past via the walk-way leading to the exit, in the company of an unidentified aide and Buhari’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, the minister simply maintained his silence.
The main issues and outcome of the meeting remained unknown at press time, although it may not be unconnected with his letter to the President regarding the alleged sidelining of the Board of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) by its Group Managing Director, Maikanti Baru.
Kachikwu arrived at the Presidential Villa about 11:34 am and proceeded straight to meet Buhari in the office.
The meeting came barely few days after Kachikwu was said to have written to the President, accusing Baru of sundry administrative misdemeanor, including the alleged fraudulent $24billion contract he said was capable of jeopardizing the administration’s policies aimed at repositioning the petroleum sector.
In the letter dated August 30, which was leaked to the public, Kachikwu had complained to the President over what he considers as insubordination by the NNPC boss.
A copy of the letter trending on the social media indicates that the minister is also unhappy with the manner recent changes in the NNPC were handled and accused Baru of humiliating the Board.
Dated a day after the NNPC announced a massive shakeup, which affected 55 management staff, the minister said it was not the first time changes would be made without the Board’s input.