Kachikwu/Baru Saga: Senate Committee Chairman Asks Buhari To Step Down
The Chairman, Senate Committee on Petroleum Resources (Upstream) Senator Tayo Alasoadura has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to step down as the Minister of Petroleum Resources.
He said this while reacting to the allegation of insubordination and misappropriation against the Group Managing Director of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Dr Maikanti Baru by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu.
Alasoadura described the arrangement of those managing the country’s oil and gas sector as lopsided, urging Buhari to appoint a substantive minister and hands off as the minister.
According to him, it will be more effective to have somebody as substantive minister of petroleum to run the sector.
Alasoadura also suggested the suspension of Baru and Kachikwu pending the conclusion of the investigation of the issues raised in Kachikwu petition to Buhari.
He said, “I think both men should be suspended, especially Baru who is managing the affairs of NNPC because we will need some documents from NNPC even to the point when the petition was leaked.”
Also, Human Rights Activist, Mr Femi Falana called on President Muhammadu Buhari to resign as the Minister of Petroleum Resources so as to allow peace to reign in the sector.