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Niger Delta Group Takes Swipe On Buhari Over Kachikwu’s Removal As NNPC GMD

Ibe Kachikwu, Hounourable Minister of State For Petroleum
Posted: Jul 9, 2016 at 9:01 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

A group under the aegis of Niger Delta Indigenous Movement for Radical Change (NDIMRC) has taken a swipe on President Muhammadu Buhari over the removal of Ibe Kachikwu as Group Managing Director (GMD) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

President Muhammadu Buhari had last week Monday yielded to pressures from Northern oligarchies to drop Kachikwu, an oil expert from Delta in South-South  zone and replaced him with Maikanti Baru, a former Group Executive Director of Exploration and Production of the NNPC from Bauchi State in North-East zone of the country.

Nelly Emma President of NDIMRC , who kicked against the  removal of Kachikwu, faulted the move of Buhari, saying the action of Buhari was unfair as it is not only a bad treatment to Kachikwu but to the people of the Niger Delta who own the oil that feeds the nation.

The group raised the alarm early in April that Baru was desperate and was working round the clock to become GMD of the corporation, though its alarm was not heeded by Nigerians.

The group which expressed sadness over the development said Kachikwu was committed to transforming the oil sector but his sack has shown that Buhari is not committed to the ideals of Kachikwu in revamping the industry for better productivity.

The group accused the president of treating the South very unfairly, maintaining that his decision to sack Kachikwu was a blunder and an unfortunate one for the Niger Delta people. It said Buhari was more interested in his Northern agenda than the development of the various sectors of the nation.

It condemned Buhari for preferring his Northern agenda to the good changes Kachikwu had brought to the corporation.

It described Baru as a person who does not mean well for the corporation, insisting that he is a spoiler who never liked reforms in NNPC but only interested in becoming GMD and promote Northern interest in the corporation.

The Niger Delta group raised questions over the ability of Baru to lead negotiations to calm frayed nerves of militants who have been bombing and destroying oil installations in the oil rich but impoverished Niger Delta.