Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resource, has finally revealed what President Muhammadu Buhari told him as they met regarding his memo on the activities of Dr. Maikanti Baru, the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
Kachikwu’s meeting with Mr. President came after several failed attempts to meet him in person concerning the alleged insubordination and award of $25billion contract without following due process by Dr. Baru.
Dr. Kachikwu had to write President Buhari to express his worries. A letter which was however leaked to the media. Consequently, Kachikwu was granted an appointment to see Buhari. But what they discussed on that day was unknown as the Minister after the meeting refused making any comment.
According to Kachikwu who spoke in Owerri, the capital city of Imo State, the content of his letter did not border on fraud but on governance. He noted that his letter has been widely misunderstood.
“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. He said.
“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.” He added