The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources and Energy, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, has for the first time opened up on what President Muhammadu Buhari told him after a brief meeting at the Presidential Villa last week.
The response was with respect to the controversial memo he wrote against the Group Managing Director of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, (NNPC), Dr. Maikanti Baru.
The minister had written a memo to the president, in which he accused Baru of corruption.
In the petition, Kachikwu had alleged that Baru was sidelining him and the NNPC board from important decisions affecting the corporation.
Kachikwu had also accused Baru of insubordination, claiming he awarded contracts without due process.
360nobs had reported that there was a show of curiosity among pressmen at the end of a meeting between the president and the minister last week Friday.
Mr. Kachikwu had simply said “no comment” before leaving Aso Villa’s premises, after the apparently “inquisitive looking” journalists met him.
However, Kachikwu, who spoke in Owerri, Imo State at the end of a three-day Nigerian Content Workshop organised by the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board, said the content of his letter did not border on fraud but on governance.
He said: “The conversation has been largely misunderstood to bother on fraud. It was not on fraud, but on governance and suggestions on ways to go about it. I think a lot of people got it wrong.
“People dwell much on issues of sensationalism and leave the main substance. The Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Dr. Maikanti Baru, and I are working together as Mr. President had directed to move forward.”
“Mr. President has urged the two of us to find ways of working together to remove doubt and rift.”
“Mr. President is a decent man and what he wants to achieve in this country is to live a legacy for posterity. He is a sincere leader, so nobody should accuse him of engaging in fraud.”