Buhari, Kachikwu in Close Door Meeting

Buhari, Kachikwu in Close Door Meeting

Buhari, Kachikwu in Close Door Meeting

The minister had in a leaked memo to Buhari alleged insubordination and $25 billion (N9 trillion) scandal involving the NNPC Group Managing Director, Maikanti Baru.

Minister of State for Petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu, refused to speak with reporters at the end of a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, The Cable reports.

Baru was also accused of making appointments following the same pattern and trying to sabotage the successes recorded in the oil sector.

A spokesman for NNPC on Thursday said the state oil company was awaiting written confirmation of the motion from the Senate.

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So far, neither Baru or the NNPC has reacted to the allegations by Kachikwu, even as several groups and individuals have called on Buhari to suspend Baru, and ensure that the activities of the corporation are probed.

In a statement by its Executive Chairman, Nelson Ekujumi, a copy of which was made available to Saturday Tribune in Abuja, on Friday, the group was anxious by the allegation of indiscipline rearing its ugly head in the life of the present administration, because it was at variance with the integrity and character of President Muhammadu Buhari as a disciplinarian of the highest global standard. Nigeria, which has Africa's biggest economy, relies on oil for roughly two thirds of government revenue.

The minister who arrived the Presidential Villa around 11.40am for the meeting, left at about 12.50pm, according to Punch reports.

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