President Muhammadu Buhari has concluded his meeting with his Minister of State, Ibeh Kachikwu.
The closed-door meeting, which must have been prompted by Kachikwu’s leaked letter to President Buhari, his boss in the Petroleum Ministry and the substantive Petroleum Minister, started at about 11.am and ended 12.45pm.
In the letter, Kachikwu complained about the excesses of the Group Managing Director of Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC), Maikanti Baru, including illegal award of oil contracts to the tune of 24 billion dollars.
Rising from the meeting with the President, Kachikwu declined to speak with journalists.
Asked by several journalists what they discussed, Mr. Kachikwu simply said “no comment” before hurrying out.
The minister had in the letter accused the GMD of awarding $25billion contracts without consulting either his office or the NNPC Board.
He accused Baru of alleged insubordination, lack of adherence to due process and running a “bravado management style.”
Kachikwu said he was being sidelined by the GMD and other heads of parastatals on major decisions and appointments.
He asked President Muhammadu Buhari to call the NNPC chief to order to ensure due process and transparency in the oil and gas sector.
He also presented five prayers to President to save the oil sector from collapse.
The minister said he was always blocked from seeing the President.