Senate Asks Buhari To Suspend Kachikwu, Baru
The leaked memo written by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu to the President is still raising a lot of dust.
The Chairman, Senate Committee on Petroleum Resources (Upstream) Senator Tayo Alasoadura, has called on the President to immediately suspend Kachikwu, and the Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Maikanti Baru.
Alasoadura specifically stated that Baru’s continued presence at the NNPC could jeopardise the Senate's investigation into the allegations that he approved contracts to the tune of $25bn without the approval of the corporation’s board.
He said, “I believe so; especially the man who is doing the day-to-day running of the organisation. In order not to hinder or hamper that investigation, because records will be needed and even from the date of the leakage of that letter, I think action should have been taken to ensure that nothing will be missing when investigations start
“So, I think the two of them should be asked to step aside and when investigation is over, whoever is culpable will go and whoever is not culpable, will continue with his duties.”
The lawmaker said one of the causes of the problem is the fact that Buhari doubled as the Minister of Petroleum Resources.
Describing the arrangement as faulty, Alasoadura said Buhari should step down and appoint a substantive minister who would be more effective.
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