7 October 2017
By Justice Nwafor
A group known as Niger Delta-Northern Youth Coalition Worldwide, NDNYCW, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to sack the Minister of State, Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu.
The group alleged that the Delta state born minister is working to frustrate the reforms initiated by the Group Managing Director, GMD, of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Maikanti Baru.
Addressing a press conference in Abuja on Friday, President of the group, Prince Michael Ekamon, accused Kachikwu of dereliction of duties, for waiting for over one year to voice his concerns.
According to him, “If the claim of the Honourable Minister, that for the past one year he has been accommodating the excesses of the GMD on such serious issues affecting the lives of Nigerians and the economy of this great nation, he should be fired for gross incompetence and maladministration.”
The group also blamed the Minister for the leakage of the memo and urged Mr President to urgently investigate the leakage of the memo to the press in the interest of his administration.
“The minister’s vituperations against Baru as contained in his letter could not be unconnected to his frustrations since the appointment of the incumbent GMD; otherwise as the chairman of the NNPC board, he would have treated the matter internally rather than doing a memo to Mr. President. Such action smacks of disloyalty to the person of Mr. President”, Ekamon said.
The group therefore urged the President to give the GMD the free hand to carry on with the reforms in the NNPC, arguing that as an insider, he has the requisite wealth of experience to engineer the reforms as envisaged by President Buhari.