The Presidency has on Sunday replied ”briefcase-carrying crooks” accusing them of spearheading the criticism against President Muhammadu Buhari’s decision to appoint himself the Minister of Petroleum Resources, saying that he had not broken the law.
The presidential spokesman called those behind the attack on President Buhari as “briefcase-carrying crooks.” saying because the crooks were aware that Buhari would not “do deals” with them, they would not want to go down without putting up a fight, hence the criticism.
He said: ”The President has a lot of experience to bring to the oil industry. Besides the military, the oil industry is another area where he is knowledgeable.
”Mr. President also has tremendous integrity which he is bringing to the sector which is the most rotten in the nation’s economy. The criticisms are coming from deal makers and briefcase-carrying cooks because they know that Buhari is not a deal maker.
”The deal makers are not ready to go down without shouting because they know that their days are over”.
Speaking on the claim that it is unconstitutional for a sitting President to hold another public office, Shehu said all the powers of the executive arm of government reside in the President.
Shehu said: “The President personifies the Executive. The power of the Executive arm resides in him. He can only be queried if he goes beyond the Executive arm and ventures into the Legislature or Judiciary.”