Buhari appoints petroleum minister, to name other ministers Wednesday

President Muhammadu Buhari first day in Aso Rock ... STATE HOUSE PHOTO

By Sadiya Hamza [New York]

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday named Nigeria’s petroleum minister. And that is himself.

Mr. Buhari said he would personally head the Ministry of Petroleum Resources in the new cabinet.

Addressing some select reporters in New York on Tuesday, after addressing a Global Leaders’ Summit on Countering ISIL and Violent Extremism, the President said: “I wil remain Minister of Petroleum.

“I will appoint a minister of State for Petroleum”.

According to him, this step is being taken as part of efforts to sanitise Nigeria’s oil industry, which is said to be plagued by corruption, massive fraud, and crude oil theft.

Mr. Buhari restated his determination to sanitise Nigeria’s oil industry and free it from corruption and shady deals.

He said that the first step in this direction had already been taken with the appointment of a new management for the NNPC and its subsequent reorganisation.

The President said the prosecution of those who misappropriated NNPC’s revenue under past administrations would soon commence.

On Corruption, he pledged that the federal government will fight corruption, because it has been identified as the root of all problems hindering Nigeria as a nation.

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, for most part of his tenure, was also the minister of petroleum.

Mr. Buhari had promised to name his cabinet before the end of September.

Since Wednesday is the last day of the month, the President is widely expected to forward names of his minister to the National Assembly today.

Names forwarded to the National Assembly would be screened and approved by the Senate before they are sworn in.

Already, the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, has indicated that the screening of the ministers would be thorough and comprehensive.

Mr. Saraki gave the hint while welcoming senators to plenary in Abuja after a long recess.

He said that screening of the nominees would be in-depth to ensure that only competent and qualified individuals only occupied the positions.

“As we await the list of ministerial nominees this week, we are prepared to treat the screening with dispatch but with thoroughness,” the Senate President said.

“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.”

He added, “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.”


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  • MajaSaint

    So Buhari has finally named himself as one of the “noise makers”. Or rather the first “noise maker” inter paris.
    France should take note.

  • Nwa _ Africa

    Will the Senate also screen Buhari as minister?

    • Uncle Gaga (Bruce Wayne)

      That is a very very interesting question. our answer ispurely speculation, but keeping the immunity clause for his office in mind (while he still occupies it), we doubt that the Senate can screen him…..if only because he will not subject himself to their scrutiny, and theres nothing they can do about it!

      Does anyone know how Obasanjo navigated the same issue?

      • CovertNigerian

        You are conflating two unrelated issues. The president has immunity against prosecution and it has nothing to do with the issue at hand – screening of public officials is not the same as prosecution.

        • B.Messi

          They are very shallow when it comes to interpreting the laws of the land.
          It’s called ‘AIRING WATERY OPINIONS’..based on their mood..based on the type of food their wife cooked for them that day..not on facts and figures.
          Very primitive way of reasoning..

  • Okporoko

    One chance…

  • AmenWolf

    Yeepah! Dullard of Daura as petroleum! Chai

  • Colonel Mariama(rtd)

    He is just pulling an Obj here. Remember how that one headed the pet. ministry so that he was not accountable to anyone? This is how people end up getting rich overnight like Obj did. He wants pet.ministry when he should care more about defense to enable him watch his rear. They don come again o.

    • NNAMDI EZENWAFOR UNIJE

      BUT THE TERRORIST WILL DRINK THE OIL TO DEATH…..NOISE MAKER BUHARI!!

      • R.O.

        Oh! What are you? Terrorist + separatist + armed robber…etc

        • Kareem

          Sorry, don’t be angry. But are you also a paid attack dog like Tundemash?
          You don’t seem intelligent to air your own view, but are engrossed replying and attacking others.
          Please no vex..just trying to figure out your own profession.

    • Uncle Gaga (Bruce Wayne)

      With all the positions that Buhari has held, you think it is now (when he is over 70 years old) that he will try to get rich overnight? look, we have said this before. Buhari is cramming for his finals. While we have it only on faith that heaven and hell exist, it is prudent to stack up on your good credits (just in case the books were not lying).

    • B.Messi

      Watch his rear ko?
      Hmm…Nawa o..

  • NNAMDI EZENWAFOR UNIJE

    Hausa fulani so much loves oil…so Dullard you are one of the noise makers….Shame on you dullard!!very sad indeed

    • musa aliyu

      no. he made a mistake. the name of the noise maker of petroleum industry is,NNAMDI EZENWAFOR UNIJE. onyioshi!

      • NNAMDI EZENWAFOR UNIJE

        WHY ARE GUYS LOVE TO FIGHT AGAINST THE TRUTH? BUT BUHARI CALLED THE MINISTERS NOISE MAKERS ON HIS VISIT TO FRANCE..THIS IS ONE OF THE REASON THE ZOO WILL NEVER HAVE ANY MEANINGFUL ADVANCE PROGRESS BECAUSE THEY LOVE LIES AND FALSEHOOD…VERY SAD INDEED!!

        • Uncle Gaga (Bruce Wayne)

          Sir if you don’t mind us asking, how old are you?

          • NNAMDI EZENWAFOR UNIJE

            Point of correction,not us ,but me..what does my age got to do with the subject matter??? Absolutely nothing..so attack the question i raised.Did or did not,Buhari called ministers noise makers when he visited france?The answer is simple yes.he did…So in this case,he is also a noise maker.I rest my case having proven my point.

      • Colonel Mariama(rtd)

        He cannot be president and at the same time control the purse string of the nation by himself. Think about it. You are the real barawo in this conversation. Allah, bura uba.

        • Uncle Gaga (Bruce Wayne)

          Correct sir! That would be unconstitutional and grounds for impeachment….but We do not see how it applies here. can you please explain?

  • monti omeka-agu

    Suspend the ministerial screening for now.
    Thief Saraki cannot preside over that…it’s Unethical.

    Sluggish General.

  • Uncle Gaga (Bruce Wayne)

    Some folks here are going to jump off a bridge soon after Buhari also names himself Minister of Finance and Governor of Central Bank!

  • Proud Yoruba

    Shouldn’t he have gone for minister of mines if he really wants to diversify the economy and create jobs for the north and lift 25 million out of poverty?

    I hope he gets it that oil is staying low for a while, especially with US shale oil and Iran coming back on line, oil may not be lucrative for a few more years. Agric and mining will be the new frontiers for prosperity, especially mining needs serious development and investments for the sake of the states to improve their IGR.

    Maybe after fixing petroleum, he will tackle mines and agric. Please someone advise mr. Prez.

    • growthengine

      Maybe he should have become minister of Palm Oil. Palm Oil was once 50% of Nigeria export proceeds. I bet he would have made himself Palm Oil minister back then. My prayer is Oil prices will keep falling. Amen

  • Awolo

    With the key political offices already gone to Hausa/Fulani plus the oil ministry, Buhari is obviously playing out his northernisation policy on Nigerians. We said it but the fools would not listen. The other parts of Nigeria are worse for it and are now doomed.

    • Lekan

      Some have eyes but cannot see..the oil ministry is back to the north..thru the back door.
      The icing on the cake of the skewed lopsided appointments..in a multicultural multi ethnic society..AKA nepotism.

  • Maria

    A serial thief presiding over the screening of ministers… only in Nigeria.

    • growthengine

      Only in Nigeria will Fulani Herdsmen continue to rampage without apprehension. Only in Nigeria do Fulani herd cattle over private property, do not pay tax and compensation for damage, rape and kill. Soon Buhari will add minister of Palm Oil to his duties.

      • Uncle Gaga (Bruce Wayne)

        Soon?…..what do you mean soon? Perhaps it was the spokespersons fault.
        Buhari did not name himself minister of petroleum resources, he named himself as minister of oil!

        ALL OIL in Nigeria will be administered by Buhari. Including palm oil….and even that oily substance that comes out of the skin on your nose when you squeeze it! Yes sir, you can no longer just squeeze your shiny nose, wipe it off and throw the oily substance away. While the Justices are still debating the appropriate punitive measures, we hear it will be nothing less than 7 years in prison and/or N700,000.00 fine!

        No puns intendent, but we believe you should keep your NOSE out of other peoples business!

        • growthengine

          Crude oil is losing it’s shine. It can no longer sustain the sticky fingers of any president including Buhari. That is the only attraction to the presidency. Buhari lacks imagination, by focusing on this wasting asset, he seems lost after 4 months. Focus should be on our human resource. Sorry but your guy is a huge disappointment, not surprised. And you should wash GMBs poop from your mouth.

          • Buhari4Ever

            You must be a moron for all these meaningless crap you are posting.

          • growthengine

            And you’re submission is fit for the dustbin. Take my word no one takes you seriously.

      • R.O.

        Shut up ur mouth! And stop politics of ethnic and religion. Ask Jonathan what brought him down.

    • B.Messi

      A self confessed overaged president with poor analytical and mathematical skills presiding over a multi billion naira ministry.
      Just wondering how he will cope with all those barrels of crude oil figures. Hope he does his maths right and doesn’t make us lose trillions.

  • eclub

    This is Saraki’s chance to teach this Buhari a lesson. He must bring him in to decide whether to confirm Buhari as Petroleum Minister or not; he must go in to the past PTF cherade when Buhari occupied that post, and query Buhari about the allegations hanging on his head during Abacha’s regime.

    Saraki must be a part of the confirming Senators.

    • NNAMDI EZENWAFOR UNIJE

      Correct!! only if Saraki can be man enough.I just wish he can.After all he have about 83 senators supporting him.The senator can even move for his impeachment.IBB warned him (Buhari) that those that live in a glass house don’t throw stones….Of course he will not understand because he believes he’s under military regime.

      • R.O.

        Yes. A wishful thinking coupled with slumbering.

    • Buhari4Ever

      Saraki’s faith is hanging on a cliff. Watch and see how events unfold in coming weeks.

      • nigerianunity

        And watch how the Senate will reject Buhari as petroleum minister. It all about ego and every side has some to be bruised.

        • R.O.

          Some sets of corrupt legislators cannot fight a non corrupt executive when their files is still on PMB’s table.

          • B.Messi

            Shhh…I hear the file of the missing $2.8b was one of Saraki’s inheritance form his late father..A former senate president when the alleged heist occurred.

      • Ibro

        Please please stop writing like a MORON!
        Make that ‘fate’..NOT ‘faith’!
        Chai!

        • Buhari4Ever

          You must be a PAGAN for not knowing that your faith in God is tied to your faith in future.

          • Ibro

            Hahahahaha! Religion will not take you to heaven o!
            U meant FATE not FAITH!
            You are religious but a liar! A Religious-Liar!
            All liars have their place in the Lake of fire o.
            Repent bros and stop lying.
            Don’t lose your soul over Premium times!

    • objective

      I think ministerial confirmation should be more about Nigeria rather than Saraki or Buhari.

  • Olusegun Olawonyi

    Appointing himself as Petroleum Minister is not the change we are looking for. This appointment is a mistake. This is what we have seen in previous past military regimes – so where is the change we are sold during the election?

  • eclub

    It is unconstitutional for Buhari to be Petroleum Minister, since such is an executive position. It will violate:

    CHAPTER VI
    THE EXECUTIVE
    Part I
    Federal Executive
    A – The President of the Federation

    138. The President shall not, during his tenure of office, hold any other executive office or paid employment in any capacity whatsoever.

    [As it stands right now, some say he is in violation of
    137.(1)J]

    • B.Messi

      ALL ARGUMENTS HERE SHOULD BE HOW CONSTITUTIONAL OR NOT IS HIS APPOINTING HIMSELF MINISTER IN LIGHT OF THIS RELEVANT PORTION OF THE CONSTITUTION YOU HIGHLIGHTED.

      Good job…

      • eclub

        Thank you.

  • total

    All you haters should run for office in 2019, and run the country your own way.

    • Kareem

      Lol! Your type of ‘view’ is the reason Nigeria and other African countries are where they are.
      Haters should ‘run the country their own way’??
      Chai! MADNESS AND IGNORANCE AND FOOLISHNESS!
      A COUNTRY IS RUN ACCORDING TO THE CONSTITUTION NOT BY ANY ONES ‘WAY’!

      • total

        You said my “My view”, Why don’t you write your on view. I guess you own view is madness, ignorant and foolishness. Even in United State of America the Republicans still accused Obama for not following their Constitution. Why do you think there is three levels of Govt. The Executive, Legislative and Judiciary? to balance and check on each other. The court is there to interpret the Law of the land.

        • Kareem

          “A COUNTRY IS RUN ACCORDING TO THE CONSTITUTION NOT BY ANY ONES ‘WAY’!”

          That was what I wrote. That’s my view sir!
          Abi u get glaucoma??

    • Buhari4Ever

      Don’t mind them. They are all kicking because free money has dried up

  • nigerianunity

    Saraki will screen the number one noise maker. When 80+ senators rejects this appointment, Buhari, the number one noisemaker will be jolted back to life.

  • Spoken word

    So will Buhari need senate confirmation.

    • McAlfred Uta

      No he does not need Senate confirmation. The role of the Ministers is to assist PMB to execute his duties. If he decides to perform the duties by himself, he does not need further screening or confirmation. OBJ was Petroleum Minister himself and never appeared in the Senate for screeing and/or confirmation.

      • eclub

        You can say it was not tested in the Courts, you can’t say it’s constitutional, because it wasn’t.

        I just posted the relevant constitution Part baring him from holding another executive position; you conveniently, like others, skipped it. I’m here to DRAG you to it.

        • R.O.

          Ministerial position isn’t an executive one but a subordinate to executive.

          • eclub

            Yes it is.

            The constitution recognizes three branches only, therefore every position is forced, or compelled to fit in one of those by the constitutional nomenclature:

            1. The executive Branch, which is Presidency, Cabinets, MINISTERS, everything that is not in the following 2 catergories;

            2. The Judiciary Branch: The Courts

            3. The Legislative Branch: The Assembly.

            As you can see, the Minister of Petroleum falls under the executive; Buhari is PROHIBITED from taking any other executive position aside from his office as President. It’s the LAW.
            It doesn’t matter if Obasanjo did it and got away with it. Too bad. Buhari cannot.

        • B.Messi

          Please drag them my brother..drag them!
          One thing I noticed APC minions detest greatly is FACTS!!
          How many times do you see them quote the constitution??
          They ONLY comment out sentiments.
          Lazy hypocritical brains…

        • objective

          Nothing stops him from turning the ministry into a department in the Presidency and even though there had been a misinterpretation of the relevant provision, because he is not holding two position, rather it is a case of not delighting part of his duty,, all the noise will nevertheless cease.

          • eclub

            Here’s the relevant section for appointment of Ministers by the Constitution; you will clearly see that such appointee MUST be approved by the Senate. The president cannot appoint himself. NOTICE THAT IN “(4) Where a member of the National Assembly or of a House of Assembly is appointed as Minister of the Government of the Federation, he shall be deemed to have resigned his membership of the National Assembly or of the House of Assembly on his taking the oath of office as Minister”.

            If the President appoints himself, he then MUST resign as President.
            Check it out:

            147. (1) There shall be such offices of Ministers of the Government of the Federation as may be established by the President.

            (2) Any appointment to the office of Minister of the Government of the Federation shall, if the nomination of any person to such office is confirmed by the Senate, be made by the President.

            (3) Any appointment under subsection (2) of this section by the President shall be in conformity with the provisions of section 14(3) of this Constitution:-

            provided that in giving effect to the provisions aforesaid the President shall appoint at least one Minister from each State, who shall be an indigene of such State.

            (4) Where a member of the National Assembly or of a House of Assembly is appointed as Minister of the Government of the Federation, he shall be deemed to have resigned his membership of the National Assembly or of the House of Assembly on his taking the oath of office as Minister.

            (5) No person shall be appointed as a Minister of the Government of the Federation unless he is qualified for election as a member of the House of Representatives.

            (6) An appointment to any of the offices aforesaid shall be deemed to have been made where no return has been received from the Senate within twenty-one working days of the receipt of nomination by the Senate.

            148. (1) The President may, in his discretion, assign to the Vice-President or any Minister of the Government of the Federation responsibility for any business of the Government of the Federation, including the administration of any department of government.

            (2) The President shall hold regular meetings with the Vice-President and all the Ministers of the Government of the Federation for the purposes of –

            (a) determining the general direction of domestic and foreign policies of the Government of the Federation;

            (b) co-ordinating the activities of the President, the Vice-President and the Ministers of the Government of the Federation in the discharge of their executive responsibilities; and

            (c) advising the President generally in discharge of his executive functions other than those functions with respect to which he is required by this Constitution to seek the advice or act on the recommendation of any other person or body.

            149. A Minister of the Government of the Federation shall not enter upon the duties of his office, unless he has declared his assets and liabilities as prescribed in this Constitution and has subsequently taken and subscribed the Oath of Allegiance and the oath of office for the due execution of the duties of his office prescribed in the Seventh Schedule to this Constitution.

            150. (1) There shall be an Attorney-General of the Federation who shall be the Chief Law Officer of the Federation and a Minister of the Government of the Federation.

            (2) A person shall not be qualified to hold or perform the functions of the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation unless he is qualified to practise as a legal practitioner in Nigeria and has been so qualified for not less than ten years.

            151. (1) The President may appoint any person as a Special Adviser to assist him in the performance of his functions.

            (2) The number of such Advisers and their remuneration and allowances shall be as prescribed by law or by resolution of the National Assembly.

            (3) Any appointment made pursuant to the provisions of this section shall be at the pleasure of the President and shall cease when the President ceases to hold office.

          • UNAFFECTED

            Section 5 of the constitution vests the Executive powers of the Federation in the President, which means the President is constitutionally empowered to exercise those executive powers either by himself or through the Vice President or any Minister or any officer in the Public service. Read section 148 of what you posted.

          • emmanuel

            Ignorance is a very big sin. Check yourself.
            Can the President also become Inspector General of Police or a Permanent Secretary, since they are both executive functions?
            I saw in the days of Obasanjo Petroleum Minister reign, hundreds of Sales and Purchase agreements for sale of Patronage Crude allocations. Most of which the proceeds certainly passed into private accounts and that would be repeated under a moronic Alzheimer’s Presidency, when the boys take charge, once they get Aisha and her notorious brother in the kitty.

          • UNAFFECTED

            Are you making a case against corruption or against Buhari? Because the things you are worried about can still happen even if he doesn’t oversee the ministry of petroleum. Jonathan is a recent example. Right now Buhari is Minister of everything and that is why he said he will remain minister of petroleum. But he needs ministers to form a cabinet that will perform decision-making, advisory and administrative roles.

          • eclub

            You DO understand the difference between a Ministry, and a Department, right? A minister is constitutionally mandated, including Federal Character enforceable; it’s rated at same level as a House member. It has it’s own oath of office.

          • UNAFFECTED

            There is a difference between the provisions of the constitution and the procedures or processes by which those provisions are implemented (note: I didn’t say interpreted because that is left for the Supreme Court). The executive power vested in the President means that all executive actions be expressed to be taken in the name of the President and as such he shall have a right to be informed of the affairs of each ministry, agency or department of government. Hi has the power to appoint ministers and distribute portfolios among them and also enjoys the power to remove them. The president has broad powers to manage national affairs and the workings of the federal government and by virtue of procedure, can oversee another executive office directly. He won’t nominate himself directly and that is why he won’t be screened by the Senate or take the oath of office.

          • jerry

            He won’t nominate himself directly?
            Lol!
            Gibberish!

          • Kareem

            Turn the Ministry into a DEPARTMENT??
            A MINISTER heads a MINISTRY..NOT a DEPARTMENT.
            SO WE WILL HAVE A H.O.D(head of department) NOT A MINISTER..ONE SHORT OF THE CONSTITUTIONAL REQUIREMENT.
            Talk law and constitution my brother..not cheap sentiments.

    • Du Covenant

      Yes, when you become the senate president!.

      • Spoken word

        Lol.i will reject Buhari as minister .

  • anthony

    ” if the president stays as petroleum minister, its a big mistake. It will cause big distraction for he’s governance becos the crude oil price is not determined by Nigerian crude. The international politics involved is too much tht he will spend most of he’s valuable time on petroleum. Wot about technology, agriculture, human capacity, mines, R nd, tourism n culture, arts. There are lots of stuff for Mr president to focus on. Secondly, crude oil prices will be on low and unattractive for a while, thiss was a great opportunity for our president to develop other viable areas or sector of the economy.

    Big mistake if Mr president sticks to the idea.

    • eclub

      Exactly, because he can’t maximize utility; by chasing 2 rabbits at the same time, both will escape.

      Good thing is that he is barred from holding another executive position while president. See my post below.

    • objective

      That is why he’s appointing a Minister of State. I think the problem is more of ensuring that even if the oil price is 1kobo, let it get to the treasury. Not into private pockets. That is why the man is staying on, and I think it is one of the best decisions he has taken since becoming President.

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  • B.Messi

    A HEAD of NNPC who is a LAWYER and knows NOTHING about installations and how refineries work.

    A ‘MINISTER’ for petroleum who is a GENERAL and VERY POOR in maths and arithmetic.(according to unverified WASC result).

    The sector that generates 80% of the nation’s wealth will be handled by SQUARE RUSTY PEGS IN ROUND HOLES.
    RECIPE FOR DISASTER!

    • objective

      I think he did it before and there was no disaster until the so called thieving professional came in. To also say that Kachikwu is not qualified to run NNPC is, Ii think, a very wrong conclusion which must be based on every other consideration other than objectivity.

      • B.Messi

        There was a MAJOR DISASTER when he headed PTF!
        He headed it(PTF) with his ‘integrity’..while the SOLE CONSULTANTS TO THE FUND HE APPOINTED UNILATERALLY-APC(Afri Projects Consortium) was headed by his in law Salhijo Ahmed..who oversaw the PLUNDERING of the place..and who collapsed and died when obasanjo moved to probe PTF.

        Point is; Buhari was too old then to get involved in the day to day running of PTF and his boys plundered the place.
        He is much older now as he admitted..and will obviously have to hand the running over to another set of shadowy figures.
        Na recipe for disaster be that!

        • emmanuel

          Kurfi the Yar Adua head of the Cabal is in charge again as the head of the boys. Watch out!
          I understand the same PTF Consultant then is supposed to ne related to Amina Zakari of INEC.

          • B.Messi

            Facts and figures…i like that.
            I have always been of the opinion that ANYONE WHO MAKES COMMENTS WITHOUT FACTS, FIGURES AND DATA IS MERELY AIRING A WATERY ‘OPINION’. Any charlatan can do that.

            Remain blessed..

    • CynicalObi

      Hmmm. I would have gone with your point. But I remembered Mrs Diezani. So im sorry. Invalid point

      • B.Messi

        You would never have gone with ‘my point’ since for you guys, it’s about APC/PDP.
        So your point is; Diezani wasn’t clean..neither was her boss..so for that reason you don’t support a ROUND peg in a ROUND hole??
        Lol! Laughable!
        Bros, Nigeria can only move forward if we keep sentiments asside.
        ALL BUHARI NEEDS TO DO IS PUT THE RIGHT PEOPLE IN THE RIGHT POSITIONS AND PROVIDE THE NECESSARY SUPERVISION AND OVERSIGHT!
        THAT IS WHAT A GOOD MANAGER DOES!
        If a Manager in an organisation takes up the additional role of a cleaner because ‘he doesn’t trust anyone’ to clean well, it will be obvious there is something he is not saying!

    • FootballfanbutNeutral

      The head of NNPC knows nothing about how refineries work? Its people like you who are so gullible. Have you read his credentials? Do you know all he has done in the oil and gas field? Its not by force to make comments. Silence is sometimes key in making progress in life.

      • B.Messi

        I HAVE read his ‘credentials’.
        Saw NOTHING in em that show he knows about HOW refineries work.
        If you have seen ANYTHING in his credentials to prove he knows HOW, please share so we can make progress in life..

  • B.Messi

    The northern oligarchs will ALWAYS want to be in charge of the oil industry.
    They knew appointing one of their own as minister for petroleum would have been too obvious and caused an uproar.
    So they sold the ‘gullibles’ a dummy by appointing a southerner as NNPC head..then buhari ‘appoints’ himself to shadow the FACT the position is back to the hausa/fulani.
    Ikachukwu was just a DECOY.
    HIS ‘LORD AND MASTER’ is to be from the Core North.

    *so much for Amaechi and the ‘minister for petroleum’ dream. What’s left for him now? Minister for women affairs?
    d tin don get K-leg o..

    • Adeola

      Where were you when Obasanjo from South was president and petroleum minister? Tribalism will kill you.

      • B.Messi

        I don’t understand. ‘tribalism’??
        I am from the north and do NOT support the ‘Northern president’ holding on to this position..and you call it tribalism?
        Strange.
        Sentiments will kill you…

      • emmanuel

        How long have you been in this forum to know that B.messi is from the North? If what Obasanjo did was wrong then, should we continue in it? Afterall you said sixteen years of our time was wasted, so why waste more?

  • Haceeyah

    I have noticed an unholy trend;
    WHY MUST THE PRESIDENT ALWAYS MAKE KEY PRONOUNCMENTS WHEN HE IS OUT OF THE COUNTRY??
    IS HE NOT MAN ENOUGH TO TELL NAIJAS PLAINLY TO THEIR FACE HIS ‘BOLD'(AND OFTEN UNCONSTITUTIONAL) DECISIONS?

  • Kasim

    Hahahahahahahahaha!
    Wayo man!

  • Rambunctious Billionaire

    Of course, na there the money dey.

  • emmanuel

    Allocation and renewal of Oil Blocks are dew next year. Buhari is to repeat same thing Obasanjo did. He will relinquish that role when done with the needful!

    • musty K

      That is what the real battle is about; the battle for the ‘spirit and soul’ of Nigeria..which is the battle for the control of oil wells.
      The APC masses thought it was about ‘change’..their masters knew it was about oil.
      Now these minions are busy shouting ‘recall them..we won’t vote them in 2019’.. still not realising they have been conned!

  • T-Rex

    I already knew this since.

  • musty K

    The president promised to publicly declare his assets within 100days.
    The days crept in on him and he laboured on the last day to release a watered down list reeled out by his aide..without details of worth of the said assets.

    He then promised to NAME ministers in September. He is labouring once again to SUBMIT the names to the N.A on the LAST Day!
    NAMING of ministers is NOT the same as SUBMITTING names. A submitted name may or may not be cleared.

    What a struggling and labouring government..

    • eclub

      Exactly right. I don’t think he has fulfilled the requirement for the declaration of assets as stated in 140. (1);
      He wasn’t even supposed to start working as president until he had declared his assets and LIABILITIES, up till now he did NOT release his liabilities. Very strange breaking of the law, and his WORD to Nigerians.

      140. (1) A person elected to the office of President shall not begin to perform the functions of that office until he has declared his assets and liabilities as prescribed in this Constitution and he has taken and subscribed the Oath of Allegiance and the oath of office prescribed in the Seventh Schedule to this Constitution.

      • Omoluabi

        Has d CCB told u so. Constitutional requirement is dt he declares it to the CCB. And he took a step to further fulfil his electoral promises and u still want more. Wia were u when GEJ said to decided not to? Guess u were in Saudi

        • B.Messi

          We all know the constitutional Requirement.
          APC and you minions made a hell lot of noise on jonathan about ‘public declaration’ which was/is NOT obligatory.
          Since Buhari had promised to do so, we expected NOTHING LESS than a what Yaradua did; PROVIDE A PHOTOCOPY OF HIS ACTUAL DECLARATION FORM..STATING THE DETAILS OF HIS ACTUAL WORTH..WHICH SHOULD INCLUDE THE ASSETS OF HIS WIFE(S)!

          NOT THE ABSTRACT PROPERTIES HIS AIDE REELED OUT WITHOUT TELLING THEIR WORTH.
          They keep fooling you guys. They are so damn lucky they are dealing with ignorant minions..

  • emmanuel

    Can Buhari not relinquish the Presidency to Osinbajo and take on NNPC and EFCC head long? What I believe is that he is not fit to be a President, hence he only announces his plans when he travels abroad.
    Buhari is not worth it.
    The Senate should truly ask him to come for confirmation, so they can grill him of the $2.8 billion NNPC money of the late nineteen seventies.

    • John

      Sit and read other people’s comments if you don’t have any reasonable thing to say. We know who are manifesting pain of their master losing the prestige position of leadership.

      • Kareem

        Bros, talk issues abeg. You guys are still stuck in the past..stuck with opposition mentality. Your party is in charge now.
        Let’s move forward..give us your own detailed analysis!

      • emmanuel

        Jonathans Presidency is history. Please remind yourself of that and move on.
        The issue here is about a know it-all; know nothing President who want to be all in-all!

  • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

    Senile, illiterate certificate forger and perjurer Hausa man wants to head Ministry in charge of Niger Delta oil. Fiscal federalism now!

    • amazing2012

      Diezani is educated and we have a terrible result of stealing, corruption and mismanagement. Are you after race or performance. Yours is a sign of illiteracy if at 20th century you are thinking of tribe ! Shame unto you !

      • emmanuel

        We are in a very big mess. Are you saying you do not know that we are in the twenty first Century? Oh Lord my God, who shall deliver my Country from this burden of Sin?
        You are a mirror of the self styled Petroleum Minister, who leaves a century behind!

        • Omoluabi

          Reality is what is happening as against debating unnecessary issues dt wont take u & I anywia, it wont reduce Saraki’s stolen and looted trillions in foreign currency and it wont bring d Chibok gels back.
          Rather, lets use d platform to enforce d needed change….

      • Iniabasi Akpan

        Sharrrrrap!terrible result of corruption on d pages of punch & d nation newspapers. Has she been indicted? No.that’s becos ur cretin president is lost.

        • amazing2012

          Soon she will be probe !

          • Yaro-boy

            Probe or probed??
            This yur turenci na die o!
            LWKM!!

      • which way Nigeria

        Contrary to claims that the coup that brought in General Buhari as the Head of state was executed to save Nigeria from drifting into chaos, it has been revealed that the coup was carried out in order to save Buhari from facing the wrath of the law for his corrupt practices. The revelation was made recently by a group of Nigerians, while reacting to General Muhammadu Buhari’s statement that he will not probe leaders who have been overseeing Nigeria’s affairs from 1999 till date if elected during the 2015 presidential elections. They collectively said Buhari was involved in the disappearance of about $2.8b from NNPC account when he, Gen Buhari, was oil minister under the military junta headed by Gen Olusegun Obasanjo. Shagari was said to have ordered the probe of the disappearance of the money through late Senator Saraki. The probe was said to have been concluded and the report submitted to the National Assembly which was about to act on the probe report when Buhari and his fellow coupists struck and sacked the democratically elected government of Shehu Shagari through coup.—

        • amazing2012

          ….then open the case !

        • Buhari4Ever

          Deri Orbuka, did you forget to take your psychotic drugs this morning?

      • Omoluabi

        Tell them …..

      • Lekan

        So why won’t be appoint someone he can trust who is a guru in that industry??

        Did you say ’20th century’??
        Hahahahahahaha!
        Haba yaro-boy!! Now we see the problem! You are stuck in the past! Cave man. Come out of the bush with your cows! We are now in the 21st century!
        Hahahahaha!

        • amazing2012

          Why Most he do that ? You are just looking for fault! Your type will never appreciates anything good even God !! Sadists !!!

          • Lekan

            ‘Must’ NOT ‘most’.

            And ‘Appreciate’ NOT ‘appreciates!

            Abi you no get WASC too??
            No take bullet wound me wit dis kind English oo!
            Haba aboki!

    • Hassan Lawal

      ….your comment didn’t come as a surprise to me,i thought somebody on this forum said you’re from Ife, the land that produced the likes of Fani Kayode, former Senator Omisore and most importantly,your late Oba.

      No wonder,nothing good ever come from that village anyway!

      • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

        I am very proud of my Ife origin. I am sure FFK and SIO are, too. You are a twerp. Buhari should be Minister of groundnut/cotton/cattle. I stand by my post.

        • staaaaaaaaaaa

          where in ife are you from? what quarters please, omo ibo

        • Mosaku 147

          @Hassan Lawal hit you below the belt. I can tell from your response that you were truly pained. Anyway,as I confirmed Omo Owu,Abeokuta,I concur with him that nothing good can ever out of ife land. Most of you guys are a problem to yorubaland.

    • Daniel Ikwuagwu

      he was the petroleum minister during the creation of NNPC, and chairman PTF. Do you still have a doubt about his competence.

      • Januzaj

        The SLEAZE in PTF was nauseating!
        I guess you won’t know that.
        Ask your friends in Abuja at that time(if you had any) what happened to Salhijo-head of PTF When Obj ordered a probe.
        You will be sick for 12months!

    • Buhari4Ever

      If your father is nowhere to be found on the entire map of Nigeria then you must be the product of an away match.

  • Bimbola

    This is a welcome development. If this will help alleviate the sufferings of ordinary Nigerians, so be it. God bless the federal republic of Nigeria. Those who enjoy name calling, can continue to quarrel with themselves, Nigeria is on the move.

    • burning spear

      Same mumu unthinking Nigerian–WAS OBJ NOT–there as oil Minister for 6 years–? What difference did he make-or bring to to the oil industry? Was Obj not busy selling oil blocks to Yorubas?-Buhari was head of the PTF for 6 yrs also—-what was his contributions—to the development of the oil sector-? Was he not there as oil Minister under obasanjo? Where he was alleged to have stolen 2.8b dollars and banked it with an Indian bank in London?-Tell that Fulani man Buhari to leave the oil in the south south alone–why cant these Fulanis and Yorubas depend on their cows ati cocoa—-let them generate revenue from them–for Nigeria-for once————————animals

      • Omoluabi

        Sorry to remind u, Abacha was only dr for 4yrs plus (he got dr in 1993 nov-1998 June) hw come Buhari was head of PTF for 6yrs. Guy, guess u were abroad den and jst got back.
        Check ur facts rite even if u get beef for him b4 doesnt mean u shld com to a forum wia historians, professors, and scholarly individuaks are present. U may wake up and suddenly find urself in a court for character defamation (libel). Then ur hatred will grow more and more….lol.

        Naija belongs to us all, i xpect dt a forum like ds shld serve as a watchdog wia information can b received frm pple’s opinions, views and all dt is xpressed.
        I no get any party but i want a gud naija whch i hav once experienced in my early and formative years…atleast me sef don chop free education till Higher Institution level and really pray to see it com back. All stolen and looted funds must be traced and brought back to our country to develop d 2nd & 3rd niger bridge, death-trap Lokoja-Abuja road, unfinished Lagos-Ibadan road, bed-bugged Unilag and other federal schools, unstable power supply, unplanned housing a d very xpensive real estate scheme, unrealistic bank loan interest and all others.
        PMB, pls d Ministers really need to get to work asap.

        • staaaaaaaaaaa

          may be u are new here. dont u know that @burning spear is a very daft and crazy person. he has a very uncanny mix of sicknesses

        • NNAMDI EZENWAFOR UNIJE

          HAVE BUHARI BROUGHT BACK HIS LOOTED PUBLIC FUNDS WHILE HE WAS A MINISTER AND HEAD OF PTF?? HE SHOULD START WITH HIMSELF AND STOP PLAYING THIS HOLY MOSES SHIT!!

      • Buhari4Ever

        Deri Orbuka, think with your brain for once and stop looking at the world from the Ijaw ethnic lens. You are a very horrible human being.

  • iDei iJang

    A god has come to rule Nigeria!

    • mumu–oil thief like buhari

      The United States government has launched investigation into crude oil shipments from Saltpond platform, a small oil facility off the coast of Ghana, due to strong suspicion that some of Nigeria’s stolen oil may be exported through the facility.

      The majority owner of the platform, Lushann International Energy Corporation, a private company based in Houston, has agreed that some of the oil it loads into tankers come from Nigeria but insisted that it purchases the crude legally from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), which has the primary responsibility of cracking down on oil smuggling.

      Though the investigators are yet to arrive at the particulars of evidence, a Saltpond official was said to have testified that the crude oil was got from the EFCC via Lamordi the current Chairman of the anti-corruption agency who is a Fulani like Buhari.

      • Buhari4Ever

        Deri Orbuka, a miserable death awaits you. Adopting several monikers and replying yourself shows that madness has already gotten hold of you

  • burning spear

    That is because Buhari is a thief period–Nigerians knew right from the word go that all the noise u have been making about corruption in the oil industry were geared towards making u the oil Minister and president at the same time-Sadly that is Nigeria for u–when the Fulanis and Yorubas are in power—-they set their regional eyes on the oil industry–from Obj to now Buhari———–separation is the only answer to our woes not the rule of the Fulanis ati Yorubas again–thieves

  • redeem

    Very misleading headline by Premium Times again——-Buhari appoints self as Oil Minister—-period——————-No need to dance around the shameful act by the man who has become a National disgrace—–an Omen of disaster to Nigeria———-How is he going to meet with Mrs Madueke at OPEC meetings-‘? Is—-she not still the president of OPEC–?- See—Buhari was once our oil Minister—where he stole our 2.8b dollars–Now he is back there again as oil Minister-haba Nigeria-Has this man no shame left in him like Obj? Or is it because he is mentally deficient–not upright–in his deeds–words ati attitude and financial transactions with Nigerians aka his one million account which he later turned into 30m-‘ Ati his mansion in Abuja–which he had earlier denied not having. Besides can such a character be trusted with the oil industry again”?

    • Buhari4Ever

      Deri Orbuka, a Fulani man is more trustworthy than an average Ijaw man. One is sitting pretty in a British prison while the other one jumped bail. It’s a shame that GEJ and Diezani, both Ijaws could not build a single refinery in the SS with over $480Bn revenue. Ijaws paid more for a gallon of petrol more than the Fulanis in the far North.

  • Marcus Garvey

    Contrary to claims that the coup that brought in General Buhari as the Head of state was executed to save Nigeria from drifting into chaos, it has been revealed that the coup was carried out in order to save Buhari from facing the wrath of the law for his corrupt practices. The revelation was made recently by a group of Nigerians, while reacting to General Muhammadu Buhari’s statement that he will not probe leaders who have been overseeing Nigeria’s affairs from 1999 till date if elected during the 2015 presidential elections. They collectively said Buhari was involved in the disappearance of about $2.8b from NNPC account when he, Gen Buhari, was oil minister under the military junta headed by Gen Olusegun Obasanjo. Shagari was said to have ordered the probe of the disappearance of the money through late Senator Saraki. The probe was said to have been concluded and the report submitted to the National Assembly which was about to act on the probe report when Buhari and his fellow coupists struck and sacked the democratically elected government of Shehu Shagari through coup.

    • staaaaaaaaaaa

      take your idiotic story elsewhere. nigeria is being freed from corruption

      • MARCUS GARVEY–

        HOW MANY TIMES DOES thief Buhari want to be oil minister–forever?–why was he not able to free Abacha from corruption–tell that crap to the Fulanis in Senegal–Not Nigeria where Buhari swore Abacha and himself never stole our money–

        • Buhari4Ever

          Deri Orbuka, you are still stuck in the past because your brain has no space for the future. Buhari was oil minister for about 3yrs and he built two refineries. What did Diezani build with all oil revenues but she kept $700m cash at home?

    • FrankNero

      RUBBISH!!! IDIOTIC.

    • REalChange

      Senseless talk from senseless alcoholic moron

  • Wise Head

    Obasanjo has held several meetings with Buhari and has reportedly been acting as his unofficial adviser. This must be one evidence of his advice and influence on Buhari. Obasanjo was the man who supervised over the worst regime of corruption in the oil sector. Till today, there is not a single audited account of the NNPC existing anywhere throughout Obasanjo’s highly corrupt tenure. He ran the whole thing like a private company. As was revealed during the PTDF probe (with which he wanted to nail Atiku, but ended up staining himself), PTDF fund was recklessly used to buy posh cars for Obasanjo’s women friends. As Buhari’s most influential adviser, Nigerians should brace up for another four years of disaster as influenced by Obasanjo

    • Du Covenant

      Thankfully, Buhari is the last person interested in pathological accumulation of wealth or material things that have no value once you are 6 ft under. Don’t give yourself high blood pressure unnecessarily because every kobo will be safe with Buhari!.

      • Wise Head

        We have heard all these before, so spare me. The same thing was said about Obasanjo in even more flowery language, but what did we see? Unprecedented large-scale shameless looting never before witnessed in Nigeria! Would you have believed that this same St Buhari would declare that Abacha did not loot any money? Soon, too, he will tell us Obasanjo was Nigeria’s most spotless
        leader, and you will still come out here to defend him, because it is your job and you have to do it, whether your heart tells you that you are lying or not. Would you have believed that this same “righteous” Buhari would look Nigerians in the face and deny the very documents containing the wonderful promises he made Nigerians in order to obtain their votes? If that was not 419,tell me what is. Yeye dey smell.

    • REalChange

      Buhari doesn’t need to be petroleum minister at this his age to loot money. With the trust, confidence and the wide spread solidarity he enjoin among well meaning reasonable Nigerians and World leaders, only moron people like
      you having negative thought will think of this. Besides he is the only person in Nigeria who has been a petroleum minister in the 1970s and yet has no oil well, or foreign accounts. If he is interested in looting, he can appoint his kingpin
      and still be rich just like clueless Gej did with Diezeni.

      • Wise Head

        The only thing APC e-Rats know is how to insult people. “Moron people”. That’s a new one! Please, for your information, “moron people” is an unpardonably horrible grammar, with terrible collocational problem. Return to school.

        We have, however, heard all these beautiful attributes before, so spare me. The same thing was said about Obasanjo in even more flowery language, but what did we see? Unprecedented large-scale shameless looting never before witnessed in Nigeria! Would you have believed that this same St Buhari would declare that Abacha did not loot any money? Soon, too, he will tell us Obasanjo was Nigeria’s most spotless leader, and you will still come out here to defend him, because it is your job and you have to do it, whether your heart tells you that you are lying or not. Would you have believed that this same “righteous” Buhari would look Nigerians in the face and deny the very documents containing the wonderful promises he made Nigerians in order to obtain their votes? If that was not 419, tell me what is. This same Buhari told Nigerians he did not have any money to buy APC form, and was even quoted as saying he had only about 1 million naira in his account. But when the sketchy details of his asset declaration form (which he was not even man enough to release in full) came out about 4 months later, he was now worth “about 30 million naira) – he must be a money doubler. Yeye dey smell.

    • Mosaku 147

      Are you really a wise head or dumb head like your mentor Ebele?

      • Wise Head

        The only thing APC e-Rats know to do is insult people. They can hardly present a sane counter-argument. They learnt it from Lai Mohammed. Nigeria is really in trouble for being stuck in this mediocrity.

        • [MMIXX]

          Lol!
          Forget the clown. Mosaku, TundeFART, Tunsj, real/fake change, Buhari4ever..etc etc..are all one and the same vulgar low life!
          ‘Moron’ is his favourite word. He uses it unconsciously..apparently because his mom always called him one.

          Thanx for your ‘education’..i will start calling him ‘Moron People’ from today!

  • evidence

    The parasitic hold on Niger delta oil continues, this is the only reason they chant ‘one Nigeria ‘ and want to perpetually be in power.

    • Du Covenant

      You are entitled to your opinion just as every Nigerian is, what human ingenuity of the people of this region put the so called curse in the ground?. Just as accidental as the finding was, will you still hold the same opinion if this curse was somewhere else in the Country and not the Niger Delta?.

      • evidence

        Your unintelligible gibberish is a curse on you. Write Proper English next time, if you want to be taken seriously.

        • Du Covenant

          The fact that you can only abuse people shows how intelligent you are!..

          • evidence

            Only people like you who voted for an illiterate quota system parasitic cert forger bigot

          • Du Covenant

            Nigerians and the world saw what the literate GEJ and his crew did!.

          • evidence

            Yes o.Nigeria became the largest economy in africa.Subdued polio in three years, something the parasitic north couldn’t do for decades,revolutionized agriculture, enlisted us in JP Morgan GBI-EM,making Nigeria a hub for investors, now we have been delisted under buhari and investors are scampering for safety. I could go on but your slavish brain cannot handle the truth. All buhari has done is disgrace us abroad and push our economy towards the end of a cliff .

          • Du Covenant

            Nigeria’s economy was “re-based”, it did not suddenly become the largest by a feat from the clueless PhD holder. To re-calculate what has been obvious for a long time taking all aspects of the economy into consideration in the equation is or was a no brainer. All the economic indices that made our GDP surpass that of South Africa were not the making of Mr. Clueless e.g. telecom. Some of you are so fascinated by rogue institutions like JP Morgan just because they are American, there are other credible institutions to deal with around the globe. Buhari has brought bad respect to Nigeria at least at the leadership level. Ordinary Nigerians still have a long way to go because of the drug mules and die hard criminals from the South of the country continue to damage us.

          • evidence

            Nigeria’s GDP was re based in 2013, two years after Jonathan was elected president ,which was attributed to telecoms,movies and retail, all these were under pdp led govt,the same pdp that your useless party accused of running Nigeria aground. Maybe you fura de nunu brain can’t take in the fact that it was under yardua/ Jonathan’s that GSM became more affordable and cheaper.Because JP Morgan’s,one of the biggest American lender banks, and one of the institutions investors listen to, delisting of Nigeria is an indictment on your illiterate Buhari’s govt, you have termed it a rouge bank,Nigeria lost 311 bn in 24 hrs after JP Morgan delisting and have continued to lose and will contin to lose money even after the final phase that JP has carried out. S&P and Fitch gave Nigeria a negative outlook also,but is that to a an illiterate like you? It is the parasitic north that ruled for over forty years and systematically destroyed our infrastructure and stole us blind and own over 80% of oil block that have destroyed and damaged this country, moron,read up on your history, if your slavish mind can understand any of it.

        • Mosaku 147

          It’s like @Du Covenant’s response jilted you to reality. I take him seriously,so you have to answer his question before typing garbage next time.

          • evidence

            Another Illiterate with slave mentality on the loose..

    • uduakomiri

      Where was the last minister of petroleum from? And yes oil is from the Niger Delta, but truth is, as a sovereign state any natural resources discovered or undiscovered under the soil and above belongs to Nigeria as a nation. And the last time I checked, Niger Delta is not a sovereign state. Niger Delta is not the only place in Nigeria that has any form of natural resources. Before oil, Eastern Nigeria especially the Enugu provided the coals that kept Nigeria afloat and the present people of Niger Delta benefitted immensely from that coal because money from that was used in building Port Harcourt, Lagos, Kano, Kaduna and other Nigerian cities. Again, before oil became the main stay of Nigeria’s economy, agricultural products sourced exclusively from the North, Middle Belt and parts of Western Nigeria provided the required income for Nigeria. I have not heard anyone say the revenue generated from these export products did not benefit the Niger Delta or other parts of Nigeria. So, the bottom line is, Niger Delta doesn’t own the oil in Nigeria because even the land and sea in the Niger Delta belongs to Nigeria as a sovereign nation. No region, state, local government, or community in Nigeria owns the resources found on its land, beneath the surface or in the seas. A lot of people on this forum exhibit unbelievable ignorance especially on issues they have limited knowledge of.
      Check out all the things that keep Nigeria going, the hundreds of power stations, sub-stations, telecom masts, pylon lines, buried telecom and data cables, rail lines, road networks, airstrips, government buildings, factories, schools, universities, playgrounds, stadiums, hospitals, factories, warehouses: in fact every thing you could think of, government determines where, when and what should be built and in doing so government has the right to appropriate any land or resources it needs to execute its policies. The best private citizens could hope for is that individuals and communities are compensated if land or resource is taken. The FG pays Niger Delta states a percentage of takings from oil wells in each state per month. In fact many Niger States have more money than many sovereign states in Africa yet Niger Delta states have nothing at all to show for it. 95 per cent of crude oil leaks in the Niger Delta is caused by Niger Deltans who steal crude from pipelines. That shows how much these people who claim to love Niger Delta actually value the health and wellbeing of fellow Niger Deltans. One of the richest states in Nigeria, Rivers state, has consistently produced governors who are among the most demented, sticky-fingered looters in Nigeria. One previous governor of the state was so rich even the president was afraid of him. Another governor of the state stole so much money from Rivers states that he became a dollar billionaire in less than 100 days! If you turn to Delta State, Ibori James broke all records of looting of public funds anywhere in the world to the extent he stood by his door in a London hotel and was begging the hotel staff to take bundles of crisp dollar notes while his people lived in the most unflattering shithole on the fring of River Niger! What about Bayelsa State, in 2002, before my very eyes as a youth corper in Igbogene, the then chief account of the state, his playboy brother, a catechist, Igbogene village chief, former Bayelsa state ssg (2002), a PH based san, Mala and some other senior government officials shared a royalty/tenancy payment made one of the multi-national oil companies, the money in question was over 100 million, and Igbogene community was not even up to 10,000 people. Just do the sum of how much each individual would have earned from that tenancy payment if the money was shared. There was no clinic in Igbonen back then, no public toilet, no social amenity, no recreational or sport facilities, no library, just one derelict school, there wasn’t even a community hall. Imagine what that money could have done to the community. A few people took that money and shared it. One of them used his share to buy a brand new Honda Bullet worth about 4 million naira at the time!
      Niger Delta people, are some of the most crazy looters in this country. Even if the FG surrendered all the oil wells in the Niger Delta to Niger Deltans, these oil wells wont last more than a year and it will run dry if not sold back to the same FG by a few crazy Niger Delta thieves or one of those cowards with guns who love to be addressed as ‘general nwamkpi’

      • evidence

        In developed countries, regions where the oil come from control whatever resources come from there and pay royalty to the federal govt. The stories of coal and groundnut pyramid are all myth. What cities were built before the oil boom? Every infrastructure and institutions was built with Niger delta oil money and the refineries were built by oil companies. Read up on your history before you post tedious comments next time .

  • MARCUS GARVEY

    Contrary to claims that the coup that brought in General Buhari as the Head of state was executed to save Nigeria from drifting into chaos, it has been revealed that the coup was carried out in order to save Buhari from facing the wrath of the law for his corrupt practices. The revelation was made recently by a group of Nigerians, while reacting to General Muhammadu Buhari’s statement that he will not probe leaders who have been overseeing Nigeria’s affairs from 1999 till date if elected during the 2015 presidential elections. They collectively said Buhari was involved in the disappearance of about $2.8b from NNPC account when he, Gen Buhari, was oil minister under the military junta headed by Gen Olusegun Obasanjo. Shagari was said to have ordered the probe of the disappearance of the money through late Senator Saraki. The probe was said to have been concluded and the report submitted to the National Assembly which was about to act on the probe report when Buhari and his fellow coupists struck and sacked the democratically elected government of Shehu Shagari through coup.

    • Buhari4Ever

      Deri Orbuka, do something about your madness.

      • [MMIXX]

        TundeMESS, Aka ‘Moron People’!..you no dey tire??
        Wia you own comment on issues? Just to dey reply reply abuse abuse.
        Nawa o. Hope dem dey pay you we sha.
        Welldone oo!

  • Intrepid

    And so shall it be. A President and a noise maker, at the same time. Think before you talk.

    • yukkmouff

      Hahahahahahah, beautifully put Intrepid, you just lightened up my day!

  • Say the truth

    I think a government of true change will do away with all waste. There were positions that represent waste and unnecessary. If this APC is about change then the appointment of minister of state has to stop. But it is a shame that the old man has made it a habit of going to announce things we need to know first. Who are Nigerians to this man really?

  • MC

    Buhari knows it all! No Nigerian, other than him, is fit to handle any position in Nigeria. Were it not constitutionally stated, he would have elected to be sole Minister of all the Ministries. An illiterate who is unable to overcome tribalism, who fears that the presence of enlightened Ministers around him could reveal his intellectual shortcomings. He’ll still need to explain the curios issue of Nigeria’s exclusion from a UN meeting that was meant to tackle a menace as hideos as BokoHaram.

  • sinaolasiyan

    Judged by anticipatory knowledge Nigerian journalists are of no use to society,

    even when judged by analytical understanding of public administration by ethics.

  • BankyMons

    Ok so Buhari is fighting corruption by making himself the Petroleum minister? So who is going to supervise what Buhari will be doing at the ministry? Nigerians you did this to yourselves, you will pay a heavy price for it!

    • Bidemi Lukman

      Who supervised OBJ when he made himself Petroleum Minister. Mind you, there is Minister of State for Petroleum

      • BankyMons

        How has your statement dressed my question? So minister of state will. Supervise Buhari? Why do you want to take us back to Obasanjo years? We had moved away from Obasanjo inglorious days since Yar’Adua and Jonathan years!

    • Bidemi Lukman

      I dont mean Minister of State will supervise Buhari- he would be there to assit him.

      The house is there to check Buhari as President and Minister

      • BankyMons

        There is no provision in our constitution for the President to act as a minister as well. Just that you know- you can go and confirm. Buhari is going against the constitution as usual. And again don’t bring the OBJ issue here again in your argument because it falls flat on its face.

        • Bidemi Lukman

          There is difference between there is not provision in the constitution for an act and the constitution expressly prohibit an act.

          If there is no provision for it in the constitution, tell me how he has contravene the constitution. If you are to hold him, on what basis would you hold him and what part of the constitution has he contravened?

          Past Nigerian presidents would be referenced till eternity.

  • Pause

    Haaaahaaa YET ANOTHER PROOF THAT BRAINLESS BUHARI IS,WELL, BRAINLESS.

    • Tunsj

      Look in a mirror and you will surely see who is brainless.

  • Godfrey Etokebe

    Oga PREMIUM TIMES dem,
    Una don hear from Buhari?
    Make I start dey LAFU for a nonexisting Ministerial List?
    Anyway, we don get ONE MINISTER ke in the person of Buhari. That one don do for APC government.

  • Omotolaaraujo

    There are times when you want a job done right, so you have to do it yourself. Jonathan’s election pamphlet read, “Dey Say Him No Work.” Dey were right. Jona no work.

    • Godfrey Etokebe

      You don hear from Buhari or na ONE minister federal executive Council we dey operate now?
      Make I start dey LAFU for APC government?

      • Omotolaaraujo

        Don’t worry. He has 4 years to find people who are not corrupt to appoint as Ministers.

        • Godfrey Etokebe

          One september is gone already. How many septembers are left?

          • Aminu-Kolawole Onyekwere

            really?

        • mo

          4 years? when will that actual work be done? this country cannot be run by one man… it is simply too big. fact is Buhari is no less clueless than Jonathan. in-fact i’ll argue that he is even less prepared that Jonathan because after 4 years at the top, he had plans and agenda to work with

          • Aminu-Kolawole Onyekwere

            Go stand in front of a mirror and watch yourself repeat the nonsense you just spoke! After that, feel free to slap yourself (as many times as you deem reasonable) for saying Buhari does not have the experience!
            This is a General with American training that has been head of State before and has held so many important positions in the country,

            You know what? Forget that! Buhari is an individual that dedicated his whole life to serving the country! Speak ill of him when you have facts….otherwise, shut the front door!

        • Aminu-Kolawole Onyekwere

          why do you even try with these ‘things’?

          They are a case of ‘Sour Grapes’ taken to the extreme!! If they can not get the grape, they want to burn down the whole farm!

          We can only thank God that the only people with the magical matches they need are the Yoruba’s, the Hausa’s, and the rest of us that are generally too smart to be manipulated by imbecility!

  • Godfrey Etokebe

    I don finally LAFU LAFU LAFU TIRE OOOOOOO!!!!
    Buhari has no Ministerial List that he PROMISED OOOOOOOO!!!!!

    • Aminu-Kolawole Onyekwere

      So? ………..What is your point?

      Can you explain why you are laughing so much, or should we go ahead and begin the investigation on the authority behind the program that provided computer access to lunatics?
      Full disclosure, the investigation will go ahead regardless!….but you need to speak with us.

  • uduakomiri

    Buhari must clean the sordid oil industry in Nigeria. I bet most decent Nigerians don’t really care who is the minister of petroleum, or where he/she hails from so far that the head of the ministry of petroleum resources is bold enough to clean that most vital of sectors in Nigeria. The petroleum ministry is the source of corruption in Nigeria. Look at Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, UAE, and Brunei all these places produce and sell crude oil just like Nigeria. However, Nigeria is like a million ‘dark’ years behind its oil-producing peers. One could ask why?
    The answer is simple: there is an industrial scale looting in the oil industry in Nigeria and a greater percentage of such leakages is directly linked to the ministry of petroleum and the presidency. Buhari has the chance to make things right. Nigerians expect nothing less from him, if he fails then he will be added to the list of useless Nigerian leaders. If he succeeds, generations of Nigerians yet unborn will thank him forever. Mr Buhari, grab this golden opportunity or join the hall of shame!
    As far as any right thinking Nigerian is concerned, the oil industry must be cleaned up, our refineries should work at full capacity, we should be able to export crude oil and refined products, and also allied petroleum products. And also, we should stop gas flaring, because that is akin to burning stacks of dollars, gas in Europe, America, and Asia is as much in demand as crude oil. A lot of our newer gas fired power stations are not operational owing to the unavailability of LNG while we burn tons and tons of gas! We also need the PIB bill to come on stream, untangle the downstream and upstream sector, allow competition, and make it possible for business activities in the petroleum sector to operate in a more transparent, open and accountable manner.
    Nigeria must be liberated at all costs!

    • buhariMice

      another———————–Buharimice——on the loose with his regional thoughts———-Buhari is a curse–a man with no shame–this is the same Buhari who was accused by the Shagari government of stealing 2.8b oil windfall–then because of greed throws caution to the wind to insist he must be the oil Minister again–meaning he actually stole the said money–period—He lied to David west ati Amaechi—-promised to make them oil Ministers respectively—Now nko’?

      • Aminu-Kolawole Onyekwere

        My friend, quench you mouth and go and sit in the corner!
        Uduakomiri may have the most ridiculous moniker we have ever heard. That does not negate the fact that it has a right to it’s opinion

  • buharimice

    The shame of it goes to the Amaechi and David West who foolishly thought Buhari will make them oil Ministers—so were recruited to insult Jonathan for the Fulanis ans Yorubas–oil block owners

  • talk na do

    Contrary to claims that the coup that brought in General Buhari as the Head of state was executed to save Nigeria from drifting into chaos, it has been revealed that the coup was carried out in order to save Buhari from facing the wrath of the law for his corrupt practices. The revelation was made recently by a group of Nigerians, while reacting to General Muhammadu Buhari’s statement that he will not probe leaders who have been overseeing Nigeria’s affairs from 1999 till date if elected during the 2015 presidential elections. They collectively said Buhari was involved in the disappearance of about $2.8b from NNPC account when he, Gen Buhari, was oil minister under the military junta headed by Gen Olusegun Obasanjo. Shagari was said to have ordered the probe of the disappearance of the money through late Senator Saraki. The probe was said to have been concluded and the report submitted to the National Assembly which was about to act on the probe report when Buhari and his fellow coupists struck and sacked the democratically elected government of Shehu Shagari through coup.

  • buharimice

    In International Politics, the world address you the way you address yourself.
    Nigerian was absent in one of the most Important General Assembly Meeting discussing the activities of the Islamist terror group, Boko Haram and the Internally Displaced People (IDP) in Nigeria, because President Buhari over slept and was too weak to attend the meeting.

    His aides told the world that the meeting was not important and not added to Buhari’s schedule in New York.
    They added that because Buhari traveled to the UN General Assembly with a small Team, there is no way they could have attended all the meetings.

    As the heat goes on, they turn to blame the Nigerian Ambassador to the United Nations Prof Joy Ogwu, forgetting that they have already told the world that the UN meeting on Boko Haram was not important to Buhari and his delegates.

    The US, EU Nations, Asians and African delegates were present on the Meeting discussing Boko haram activities and how they can help, but the main actor Nigeria, was absent.

    Nigeria was the only country in the world that missed the Pope’s address, where International peace and corporation was discussed. They same reason, that President Buhari over slept and was not allowed into the venue because he arrived late. His efforts to us the public gate, was blocked by the security for attempting to break protocol.—————————

    As he delivers his own speech, the world, stayed away, as they know that he is not serious of a leader.
    A Yoruba proverb says that if you call you Calabash, a dustbin, people will be dropping rubbish inside. – Hope F

    • Ray Effiom

      Mr president had only one item in his agenda corruption. Just like in his electioneering. But ineptitude to me is another format of corruption

    • Ben

      You have spoken well bro.

  • LIDITEMI

    Will PMB also be screen by the Senate as Minister of Petroleum? The constitution requires all Ministers to be approved by the Senate? I advice the Senate should turn down his proposal to be Minister of Petroleum. In a country of 174million people
    one person will hold two high profile positions. Do you have Crude oil in Daura? What an absurdity? If the Senate should allow this rubbish, i will change my nationality to Niger. What a democracy. What an electoral mistake. Very greedy. GEJ is a lot better.

    • Smart

      Please u better start departing now before it is too late for u.

    • Ray Effiom

      To avoid corruption Buhari should give some important ministerial posts to his daughters and son. He knows them and I guess he can work with them. He should announce that in New York before he comes back. He is fond of pleasing his sponsors by making important announcement abroad. Be careful Mr president when they will turn against you Nigerians will suffer. Let us pray the honeymoon continues

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