Save Me From Humiliation, Ibe Kachikwu Tells Buhari
Could it be that the president's men are more in tune with reporting to just one "Oga At The Top"?
Are there similarities between the Kachikwu/Baru situation and the Magu/Malami scenario?
The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, says he is tired of insubordination in his ministry, which has become humiliating.
He has been overlooked by the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Dr. Maikanti Baru, who is now going solo in most of his activities.
They are at loggerheads and the Minister has written to the President seeking his intervention.
The confidential letter to President Buhari by Dr. Kachikwu has been leaked into the public domain.
In the letter dated August 30, Kachikwu accused the NNPC boss of practices that could make a mess of the Federal Government’s policies targeted at repositioning the petroleum industry.
An alleged copy of the letter which has gone viral, shows the minister is unhappy with the manner recent changes in the NNPC were handled.
He further accused Baru of humiliating the board, the letter written a date after the NNPC announced a massive shakeup which affected 55 management staff.
It was not the first time changes would be made without the Board’s input, he had alleged, asking the President to intervene.
The embittered Minister wrote: “It is in the spirit of service and absolute belief in your leadership and integrity that I have, after one year of tolerating these disrespectful and humiliating conducts by the GMD, decided to bring these to your attention".
Intervene and "save the office of the Minister of State from further humiliation and disrespect by compelling all parastatals to submit to oversight regulatory mandate and proper supervision” which he is supposed to manage on the President’s behalf.
Dr. Kachikwu also wants the President to “save the NNPC and the oil industry from collapse arising from the above non-transparent practices and empower the Board to do the needful".
It was meant to be a confidential communication but it is now in the open, apparently leaked because nothing had been done since the letter was written.