Nigerians are outraged at President Muhammadu Buhari’s latest appointment at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). President Buhari has removed Ibe Kachikwu as group managing director of the corporation, a statement by presidential spokesperson, Femi Adesina, spokesperson to the president. Mr. Kachikwu, however, remain as minister of state for petroleum and will serve as chairman of the new NNPC board.
The new NNPC GMD is Maikanti Kacalla Baru, according to the presidency.
The new board is composed of the following:
A. Chairman-Dr Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu, Honourable Minister of State for Petroleum;
B. Group Managing Director- Dr Maikanti Kacalla Baru;
C. The Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Finance; Mahmoud Isa Dutse, and
D. The following six persons:
1. Mallam Abba Kyari
2. Dr Thomas M.A John
3. Dr Pius O. Akinyelure
4. Dr Tajuddeen Umar
5. Mallam Mohammed Lawal, and
6. Mallam Yusuf Lawal.
President Buhari urges the new board to ensure the successful delivery of the mandate of the NNPC, ” and serve the nation by upholding the public trust placed on them in managing this critical national asset.”
Nigerians on social media and all around have criticized President Muhammadu Buhari’s latest appointment in the NNPC as sectional and that it does not reflect national character. Buhari’s appointments have been subject 0f controversies with Nigerians accusing him of appointing mostly people from one side of the country. Northern Nigerians Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) have recently accused the president of favouring only Northern Nigerian muslims in his appointments and neglecting Christians from the North. Eastern Nigerians and other minorities have complained about the same thing. In fact even some of Buhari’s ardent supporters are not happy with this new appointment as it looks like other appointments in which Mr. Buhari has been accused of favouring his people.