8 October 2017
By CHUKWUDERA EZE
Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to quit as Petroleum Minister.
Mr. Falana’s call is coming after Minister of State for Petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu, accused the Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Maikantu Baru, of violating due process in the award of $25 billion contract.
In a petition to President Muhammadu, which eventually leaked to the media, Mr. Kachikwu also accused Mr. Baru of insubordination.
In his statement on Sunday, Mr. Falana said it was better for Mr. Buhari to appoint someone else to supervise the ministry.
“Having regard to the enormous responsibilities of the office of the Minister of Petroleum Resources and Chairman of the NNPC Board, President Buhari is advised to relinquish the ministerial position in view of his busy schedule and appoint another Nigerian of proven integrity and competence to superintend the affairs of the Ministry.
“If this advice is accepted in good faith and acted upon without any delay it would remove undue pressure on the health of the President and allow him to attend to urgent matters of the state,” he said.
A report by PREMIUM TIMES unveiled how Buhari and Kachikwu held a closed door meeting on Friday over the matter.
Mr. Baru, who is yet to speak publicly on the matter, was also at the presidential villa where he met with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
Mr. Falana also called for Mr. Baru’s suspension while calling for an investigation into the matter by relevant agencies including the anti-graft EFCC.