Wednesday, 11 October 2017

'You can't fight Corruption' - Junaid Muhammed, CACOL tell Buhari

President Buhari's administration is being lashed by a northern statesman and former lawmaker, Dr. Junaid Muhammed, over the management of the Nigerian National Petroleum Cooperation.

Junaid, who did not see the rationale of President Buhari's decision to double as petroleum minister, said the industry and the Nigerian economy always fall sick along with the president due to his refusal to delegate the portfolio of the minister of petroleum to a capable hand, Daily Post reports.

In his word; “What is best for the country is true independence of the NNPC. The first irresponsibility is the president appointing himself as the petroleum minister. 

“This is why any time he was ill, the industry also was ill and the fortunes of Nigerians suffered. Starting with former President Olusegun Obasanjo, the idea that the president is also the minister of petroleum resources is bad for the country and this is my concern. 

“We knew the rot going on in most of the government ministries and departments. 

“So, if the president, as the petroleum minister, was away, who did the NNPC boss confide in when awarding the contracts? There is so much lack of control under the Buhari’s government.” 

Similarly, the Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership (CACOL) has said that the ongoing rift between minister of state for petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu and NNPC boss, Maikanti Baru, was a clear evidence that Buhari cannot fight corruption.

Debo Adeniran, who is the leader of the group said: “The personality clash is not as important as the business of the NNPC. Statutorily, the NNPC boss knows who he should report to. 

“If the allegations levelled against him are confirmed, then he may be punished. But as long as the job gets done, the person he reports to should not be made a sentimental issue. 

“It is now obvious that President Buhari cannot fight corruption. A top chieftain of the All Progressives Congress confided in me during a tour that the corruption going on under this government is mind-boggling." 

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