Senator Urges Buhari To Quit Role As Oil Minister



By John Okoh

Senator representing Kaduna Central in the Senate, Shehu Sani has advanced President Muhammad Buhari to appoint a substantive Minister of Petroleum to keep a firm hold on the industry as he cannot combine the office with that of the number one citizen of the country.

He gave the advise, Thursday in a statement following the recent rumpus in the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, which was generated by a leaked August 30 petition by the Minister of State for Petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu to Buhari on the alleged insubordination of the Group Managing Director of the Corporation, Makanti Baru.

Sani said: “President Buhari should disengage from being a Petroleum Minister and appoint a substantive minister whom the nation can hold accountable to the happenings in the nation oil industry.

“The President position as a minister can drag him into issues in the oil sector of which he has limited time to attend to. A broom immersed in oil cannot sweep clean.”