The Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu is presently in a closed door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the president’s office in Aso Rock Villa, Abuja.
Top on the agenda at the meeting is the controversial leaked memo written by Kachkwu to President Buhari over acts of insubordination and blatant violation of due process at the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC.
Kachikwu’s eagerly anticipated meeting with the president comes three days after an official complaint about NNPC boss, Dr Maikanti Baru, was leaked to the press.
In the damning letter titled RE: Matters of Insubordination and Lack of Adherence to due Process Perpetuated by the GMD NNPC, Kachikwu alleged, among other things that Dr Baru had made a habit of bypassing him and the NNPC board on major policy issues.
He also complained of a total lack of respect, saying he’d never got the chance of reviewing any appointments or changes since Baru replaced him as head of the oil company over a year ago.
According to the aggrieved minister, he was compelled to file an official complaint since he’d severally been denied access to the president upon his return from the UK.
Kachikwu’s bombshell revelation has since ripped the polity apart, with the Senate setting up a committee to probe Dr Baru and all activities at the corporation, while Senator Shehu Sani (APC, Kaduna Central) called for Buhari’s immediate resignation as Petroleum Minister.
Also the aftermath of the leak saw a supposed ‘counter-leak’ of an Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) dossier on Kachikwu, an indication of the deepening turf wars in the executive.
In the wake of the furore generated, the president decided to grant audience to Kachikwu, who said he’d acted in the best interest of the nation’s oil industry.
It remains unclear what Buhari’s line of action will be, seeing as some people are of the opinion that Baru couldn’t have taken some of his decisions without the backing of the powers that be.