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Lagos Lawyer To Buhari: You Can’t Make Yourself  Minister

Posted: Nov 12, 2015 at 3:56 pm   /   by   /   comments (1)

By Ejikeme Omenazu, Lagos

A Lagos lawyer, Nnaemeka Iheoinu, has said that it is wrong for President Muhammadu Buhari  to appoint himself the Minister for Petroleum, instead of naming someone else for the position.
Speaking with Daily Independent in Lagos, Iheonu, a member of the International bar Association (IBA), said the action of Mr. President is against the provisions and spirit of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).
It would be recalled that while listing the portfolios for the ministers during their inauguration on Wednesday November 11, 2015, Buhari named himself as the Minister of Petroleum while he named Ibe Kachikwu as the Minister of State for Petroleum.
Iheonu  said: “The idea of Buhari being the Minister of Petroleum is somehow unconstitutional.  Section 138 of the constitution states that the President shall not hold any other Executive position while in office.
“Therefore, he is not supposed to be occupying any other executive position. He ought to appoint another person who should be accountable to him. As a Minister of Petroleum, how can he be accountable to himself?”
Iheonu urged Buhari to look at the provision of Section 138 of the constitution very well and quickly correct himself by upgrading Kachikwu to a substantive Minister of Petroleum.
He stressed that the Ministry of Petroleum which oversees the nation’s cash cow, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) should be headed by a substantive minister and technocrat who should be closely monitored by the president.
He maintained that if the idea of making himself a minister is to check corruption in the oil sector, Buhari can equally achieve this by closely monitoring whoever he appoints to the position.
Iheonu maintained that as the nation’s president, Buhari has a lot of things on his shoulder and to saddle himself with the job of a Minister like that of Petroleum will pose a lot of challenges to him when several other sectors will also be requiring his attention.
He however expressed happiness that the president has at last formed his cabinet, stressing that this is when the real business of governance has started.
“All along, the government has no clear policy direction. He seemed to be slow. This could be attributed to lack of ministers.
“Now that the ministers have been sworn in and given portfolios, the government’s policy direction will be made clear,” he added.
He however expressed confidence that the president will put a lot of things in the nation in the right direction, recalling that as a Military Head of State, Buhari started the job of national rebirth, but was cut short by his colleagues who toppled his administration in a military coup.
He called on Nigerians to cooperate with Buhari to usher in a new nation and should not tke part in activities that will destablise the nation.

Comments (1)

  • Nov 13, 2015 at 10:52 am Moses2Ola_74Fam

    The so called member of international Bar, you have to think and do a lot of research before you address press. Why Buhari can’t be minister? He can Mr. member of International Bar, so, keep shut.

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