- The leaked memo of Dr Ibe Kachikwu to President Muhammadu Buhari is still generating reactions across the country
- The minister of state of petroleum had written the president seeking audience with him over the alleged insubordination of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) boss
- Kachikwu accused the Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Dr Maikanti Baru, of awarding contracts worth over $26 billion without the NNPC board approval which Kachikwu chairs
The senator representing Kaduna Central senatorial istrict, Shehu Sani, has reacted to the leaked memo of Dr Ibe Kachikwu to President Muhammadu Buhari.
Sani who appeared in Channels Television’s Politics Today programme on Wednesday, October 4, urged President Muhammadu Buhari to take serious action on the issues raised by the minister of state for petroleum.
Senator Sani stated that if the allegations were not probed, it will spark negative conclusions that the presidency has been hijacked.
His words: “The content of that letter and the allegations made raise a number of issues not only about the NNPC but about the whole structure of governance as it exists today, in the very sense that if a minister of state can say it has been difficult for him to access channels through which he can present his issues, I think there is a system disconnect and it is simply giving credence to the fact that there exists a government within a government.
“In some cases, they call them kitchen cabinet but this is not a kitchen cabinet. This is about some persons who have surrounded the president and are exercising power to their advantage and also manipulating power to their own interest.”
Senator Sani further stated that if President Buhari fails to address the issues raised in the memo, it will affect the reputation of his government.
“I am of the firm belief that if he is aware of this he would have taken action. And if he is not aware of it, this has been brought to the fore and now he can take action.
“But if he says he will not take an action on this issue then it will definitely stain the integrity and reputation of government.
“The problem is not about the issue coming to the spotlight, it is whether an action will be taken on it or not. So, if the president refuses to act on it that is when he will be in every way criticized.
“But if he takes an action on it, it will show that the party and the government is in tune with the spirit of accountability and probity,” he said.
He however assured Nigerians that regardless of what the president does, the Senate would not allow the matter to be swept under the carpet.
He also expressed optimism that the committee the Senate set up to investigate the allegations will do a good job.
Meanwhile, President Buhari is expected to meet Dr Kachikwu today, Thursday, September 5 over his memo to him.
Reports say the meeting between the president and Kachikwu is expected to focus on content of his memo which could instigate the probing of Baru.
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