NNPC Scandal: Curiosity As Buhari, Kachikwu Closed Door Meeting Ends

There was a show of curiosity among pressmen on Friday at the end of the meeting between President Muhammadu Buhari and the Minister of State For petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu.

The apparently looking journalists were said to be interested in the outcome of the meeting between the president and the minister.

Ibe Kachikwu arrives Presidential Villa for a meeting with Buhari Photo: Sahara Reporters

It was learnt that the two men were expected to discuss the minister’s memo to the president, in which he accused the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Maikanti 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.

He had in the memo said: “That you save the office of the Minister of State from further humiliation and disrespect by compelling all parastatals to submit to oversight regulatory mandate and proper supervision which I am supposed to manage on your behalf.

“You kindly instruct the GMD to effectively leave NNPC to run as a proper institution and report along due process lines to the Board and that Your Excellency instructs that all reviews be done with the Minister of State prior to your decision.

“That to set the right examples, you approve that the recently announced reorganisation changes be suspended until the GMD, myself and the board have made relevant input to same.”

360nobs had earlier reported that the meeting is expected to start past 11 a.m.

However, after the meeting, it was gathered that Mr. Kachikwu declined to speak to journalists at the presidential villa.

As soon as the minister emerged from the meeting at about 12:45 p.m., he was asked by several journalists what they discussed.

Mr. Kachikwu simply said “no comment” before leaving the premises.