A group, the Niger Delta Indigenous Movement for Radical Change (NDIMRC), has warned against attempt to frustrate the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu.
It also called for probe of the alleged scandal in Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and suspension of its Group Managing Director (GMD), Dr. Maikanti Baru.
In a statement signed by its President, Nelly Emma; Secretary, John Sailor and Public Relations Officer (PRO), Stanley Mukoro, the group said that the minister deserved to be treated fairly and accorded due respect.
It said: “We have been watching the activities of the GMD of the NNPC, Dr. Baru, since he came on board and we are not impressed with the way he is treating the Minister of State for Petroleum and people from the Niger Delta region working in the NNPC.
“We have seen that the GMD of NNPC is bent on destroying the solid foundation laid by the Minister of State for Petroleum and determined to frustrate the minister, but we are not going to take this likely because the oil Dr. Baru is presiding over belongs to the people of the Niger Delta region and not the North.
“The Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu, must be allowed to take charge of the board of NNPC. In another development, the Action Democratic Party (ADP) has said that President Muhammadu Buhari lacks the wherewithal to oversee the oil industry owing to the controversy surrounding the award of $26 billion contract in the NNPC.
It, therefore, demanded the immediate resignation of Buhari as the Minister of Petroleum. National Secretary of the party, Dr. James Okoroma, who addressed reporters in Abuja, also asked Kachikwu to resign his appointment since it has become apparent that he has “become a stranger in President Buhari’s cabinet.”
Also, the party called for the immediate suspension of Baru to enable investigation into alleged impropriety in the award of the contract. Besides, the Director-General of Voice of Nigeria (VON), Mr. Osita Okechukwu, has said that he was confident that the NNPC feud would effectively be addressed by Buhari.
Okechukwu, who spoke against the backdrop of the feud between the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources and the Group Managing Director of the NNPC, said: “I am not the spokesman of the President. President Buhari will do the needful and will not allow anyone to dent his image or tarnish his integrity quotient. If the allegations are valid, this is his political capital upon which we followed him, upon which Nigerians voted for him and upon which the international community endorsed him.”
However, youths, under the aegis of Arewa Youth Forum (AYF), have called for cabinet reshuffling. The AYF in a statement signed by its National President, Alhaji Gambo Ibrahim Gujungu, posited that those expected to assist the President in his change agenda have failed in the discharge of their duties, hence the need for cabinet reshuffling in a statement signed by its National President, Alhaji Gambo Ibrahim Gujungu, and made available to newsmen in Kaduna at the weekend, the youths said a “situation where majority of Nigerians languish in abject poverty and penury is a worrisome development and a cause for concern.”