Lagos (AN24)-Nigerians from all walks of life have taken to Twitter to vent their anger and frustration on President Muhammadu Buhari following the revelation from a petition written to him by the Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu on the allegation of insubordination and corruption by the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Mr. Maikanti Baru.
They have also called on the President to immediately investigate the allegations raised in the petition by the junior Minister.
A letter titled: RE: Matters of Insubordination and lack of adherence to due process perpetuated by GMD NNPC, Dr. Baru, dated August 30, 2017, and directed to the President, Kachikwu alleged that Baru had been sidelining the NNPC board in all activities particularly in the award multi billion dollars contracts, which runs contrary to the spirit of procurement and due process in the corporation.
“the board of NNPC which you appointed and which has met every month since its inauguration, and which by the NNPC is meant to review these planned appointments and postings, was never briefed. Members of the board learned of these appointments from the pages of social media and the press release of NNPC”, the letter read.
The Minister stated in the letter that the GMD does not run any appointment by him, that he learns of such on the pages of social media like any other Nigerian.
“Like the previous reorganisations and repostings done since Mr. Baru resumed as GMD, I was never given the opportunity before the announcements to discuss these appointments. This is so despite being the minister of state petroleum and chairman, NNPC board,” the letter read.
Kachikwu urged the President to intervene and “save the NNPC and oil industry from collapse arising from above non-transparent practices and empower the board you inaugurated to do the needful”.
More direct in the Minister’s letter is a subtle indictment of the government dysfunctional process where he alleged that he has been unable to secure an appointment with the President despite several attempts to get one.
A lot of Nigerians have expressed disappointment at the Buhari administration, which prides itself of fighting corruption.
$26 billion corruption exposed in NNPC. Who knows what’s going on in NPA, NCC & NERC. You wont know PMB’s corruption till he leaves power!
— Reno Omokri (@renoomokri) October 4, 2017
Why is Ibe Kachikwu, the Min. of State for Petroleum Resources, surprised that he has not been granted access to @MBuhari and that the northern MD of NNPC is undermining him? Did he expect it to be any different? Has he forgotten he is Igbo? To Buhari ALL southerners are slaves.
— Femi Fani-Kayode (@realFFK) October 4, 2017
$26Billion scandal rocking the NNPC at a time the indefatigable Buhari is President and Minister for Petroleum. These are great times.
— Bashọ̀run Gáà (@Oddy4real) October 3, 2017
Only Kachikwu didn’t see this coming. After his removal as NNPC GMD I knew this was going to happen. I said it then. pic.twitter.com/DUFjJCk2zY
— Aare Ona Kakanfo (@femiTRIPP) October 3, 2017
— Adetutu Balogun (@Tutsy22) October 4, 2017