President Muhammadu Buhari Appoints Self As Nigeria Oil Minister-President Muhammadu Buhari has emerged Nigeria’s Petroleum Minister amid speculations that he could be doubling up his presidential role with the oil Ministry.
The declaration was made in New York on Tuesday as the World gathered to find a solution to terrorism as being carried out by ISIS.
The Nigerian leader had broken the news about his grab of the Ministry of Petroleum head on Tuesday, September 29, in New York as World leaders gathered to find solutions to the onslaught of ISIS and its gospel of violent extremism.
Shortly after Buhari’s May 29 inauguration, the President had indicated that he could be appointing himself as the nation’s oil Minister, claiming that “nobody’s hands are clean enough to do the surgical changes needed”. The message was communicated by one his associates.
“I will remain minister of petroleum. I will appoint a minister of state for petroleum.”
Buhari claimed he wanted to eliminate corruption and massive theft in the sector and pushing anti-graft activities on the fore of his governance of the nation.
Buhari said he would be probingg corrupt officials of the past administrations who were involved in public funds embezzlement and stealing of NNPC revenue.
As for the other Ministerial candidacies, which Buhari had promised to forward till the end of September, it has just emerged that the names was handed over to the National Assembly on Wednesday September 30 afternoon.
Senate President Olubukola Saraki has assured the nation that he would chair over a fairly
screened candidate nomination: “As we await the list of ministerial nominees this week, we are prepared to treat the screening with dispatch but with thoroughness. I believe the presence of ministers will create the space for greater policy engagement with the executive arm of government.
“I want to urge you all my colleagues to ensure that what is uppermost in our minds as we begin the constitutional task of screening of ministerial nominees is the overall interest of our country.
“Once the list is submitted, let us ensure that we treat it with dispatch and thoroughness. We must not be held down by unnecessary politicking. The enormity of our national challenges at this time does not give room for pettiness or politics of vendetta.”
Many Nigerians have expressed their disgust over the president’s decision to act as the Petroleum Minister as the nation stagnates from lack of visible action.
In another development, The Nigerian Senate last Tuesday passed a vote of confidence on the leadership of the Senate, declaring Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki a trusted ally . Senator David Umaru from Niger State first moved the motion of the vote of confidence on Tuesday and seconded by Senator Sani Ahmad Yerima.
It will be recalled that the Senate President was arraigned before the Code of Conduct Tribunal for alleged false declaration of assets while as governor of Kwara state.
He was alleged to have committed the offense 12 years ago when he was the governor of Kwara State.