Buhari keeps mum as N9 trillion contract scandal rocks NNPC

Muhammadu Buhari talking
President Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari is yet to clear the air about grievous allegations of abuse of contract process to the tune of N9 trillion naira at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, more than 24 hours after leakage of an internal memo which detailed the allegation.

Presidential spokespersons, Femi Adesina and Garba Shehu, did not pick or return calls, or respond to text messages on the matter despite concerns expressed by Nigerians and activists.

The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, detailed the questionable deals when he alerted the president to the activities of the Group Managing Director of NNPC, Maikanti Baru.

In the August 30 correspondence, Mr. Kachikwu said Mr. Baru circumvented extant procurement regulations in awarding a series of contracts up to $25 billion —or N9 trillion at prevailing exchange rate of N360 to a dollar— warning of grave consequences the decisions could wreak if allowed to stand.

The letter appeared on the Internet around noon Tuesday, but no one has claimed credits for its leakage.

Mr. Kachikwu gave a breakdown of the contracts said to have been awarded without recourse to the Ministry of Petroleum or the management board of the NNPC as including $10 billion crude term contracts; $5 billion direct sales direct purchase (DSDP) contracts and $3 billion AKK pipeline contract.

He also said $3 billion was awarded as a contract for various financing allocation funding contracts and another $3-4 billion NPDC production service contracts.

CRUDE TERM CONTRACT

The crude term is the annual contract which the Nigerian government enters with firms willing to lift crude oil in the country through competitive bidding.

About 39 companies won the contract for the 2017-2018 bids, out of 224 bids submitted, according to the NNPC.

The winners included 18 Nigerian companies, 11 international traders, five foreign refineries, three national oil companies (NOCs) and two NNPC subsidiaries.

All the contracts are for 32,000 barrels per day except Duke Oil Ltd, an oil trading arm of the NNPC, which secured 90,000 barrels per day.

The Senate on Wednesday, however, resolved to investigate the allocation to Duke Oil, after a senator alleged it was fraudulently done.

AKK CONTRACT

The AKK pipelines contract was awarded by Mr. Baru for the installation of the new Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano gas pipelines. Estimates for the contract ranged from $2.3-2.7 billion.

The NNPC announced in May that a Chinese firm won the contract to complete 80 per cent of the project on public-private partnership basis. Mr. Baru was also reported to have confirmed receipt of $250 million from Chinese banks for the take-off of the project.

Some Nigerian senators raised concerns about the contract shortly after it was awarded, but the Senate resolved not to take action until there is enough evidence of wrongdoing.

DSDP CONTRACT

The Direct-Sale–Direct-Purchase was adopted by the Buhari administration last year to replace the crude oil swap initiative and the offshore processing arrangement.

The policy, which was designed by Mr. Kachikwu when he was still the GMD of NNPC, was aimed at entrenching transparency in the crude oil for product transaction by the NNPC.

Under the crude oil swap initiative, crude oil was exchanged for petroleum products through third-party traders at a pre-determined yield pattern.

Mr. Kachikwu said the DSDP option eliminates all the cost elements of middlemen and gives the NNPC the latitude to take control of sale and purchase of the crude oil transaction with its partners.

NPDC PRODUCTION SERVICE CONTRACTS

The Nigerian Petroleum Development Company is a subsidiary of the NNPC that majors in the production of crude oil. The firm is responsible for the control of oil wells owned and managed by the NNPC.

The production service contracts are contracts awarded for production of crude oil from oil fields run by the NPDC.

The NPDC, due to its operational and capacity deficiencies, regularly enters production contracts with other oil companies — especially oil majors like Agip and Shell— to lift crude based on quantities determined in their contract.

The minister said Mr. Baru shunned procedural requirements which stipulated that any contract award over $20 million must be reviewed and approved by the NNPC board to be valid.

DISRESPECT

Other than the claims of questionable business decisions of Mr. Baru, Mr. Kachikwu also informed Mr. Buhari that he suffered “disrespectful and humiliating conducts” from the NNPC GMD.

The NNPC is an agency under the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, where Mr. Kachikwu serves as minister of state. President Buhari kept the substantive Minister of Petroleum Resources post to himself.

Ndu Ughamadu, a spokesperson for the NNPC, declined comments on behalf of Mr. Baru throughout Tuesday and Wednesday.

Mr. Ughamadu, NNPC’s head of media, told PREMIUM TIMES Tuesday that the letter was not meant for public consumption.

“It was a private communication between party A and party B,” Mr. Ughamadu told PREMIUM TIMES by telephone Tuesday afternoon. “I don’t think it’s proper for us to comment on that.

Mr. Kachikwu said he wrote the memo after concerted efforts to have a one-on-one appointment with the president at the State House fell through.

The minister later confirmed authorship of the letter in a Tuesday night statement but said he was distressed by its leakage.

Idang Alibi, a spokesperson for the ministry, described the letter as part of routine exchanges Mr. Kachikwu regularly shares with the president about “developments in parastatals under his supervision.”

Mr. Alibi also said the letter was aimed not at disparaging Mr. Baru but at “improving efficiency and deepening transparency in the oil and gas sector for continued investor confidence.”

Mr. Kachikwu said the allegations writ large on Mr. Buhari’s avowed intolerance of corrupt practices and abuse of process in public service.

But neither the president nor his media team has commented on the controversy, thereby leaving the public in the dark, especially as to whether any action had been taken since Mr. Kachikwu’s letter was sent on August 30.

The president remained mum, whereas the Senate has taken immediate steps to unravel the controversy, raising an ad-hoc panel to investigate all the elements alleged sharp practices contained in Mr. Kachikwu’s letter.

The nine-member committee is headed by Aliyu Wamakko, an APC senator from Sokoto State.

Mr. Kachikwu previously doubled as the Minister of State for Petroleum and GMD of NNPC until he was relieved of the latter post by Mr. Buhari on June 4, 2016, same day that Mr. Baru was named as a replacement.

Industry experts warn that the feud could have riveting consequences on Nigeria’s oil sector, which is the country’s lifeline.

Bala Zaka, a petroleum engineer, said NNPC’s stock prices would have plunged significantly had it been a listed company.

“If NNPC was listed on the stocks exchange, its stocks would have crash so much that it won’t be able to recover for many years,” Mr. Zaka said.

Mr. Zaka said Mr. Kachikwu’s revelations indicate that the NNPC, which had been dogged by corruption since its creation in 1977, had not changed even under Mr. Buhari.

“This further confirms that there has been no change in the NNPC since the days of Diezani [Alison-Madueke],” he said.

Mrs. Alison-Madueke has been accused of various acts of corruption while she held sway as the Minister of Petroleum Resources between 2010 and 2015. Several properties linked to her have been forfeited to the federal government although she remains in the UK where she is also being investigated for money laundering.

Another area Nigeria may suffer from the conflict between Messrs. Kachikwu and Baru is the sale of licences for marginal oil fields, Mr. Zaka said.

“They’ll start calling for bids for those interested in licences for marginal oil fields,” Mr. Zaka said. “Serious business persons might stay away because they don’t have confidence that the exercise would be transparent.”

Civic groups have also joined calls for immediate probe of the allegations raised by Mr. Kachikwu.

Eze Onyekpere of Centre for Social Justice in Abuja said in a statement to PREMIUM TIMES on Wednesday that the allegations are weighty and must not be swept under the carpet.

“It is imperative that the extant allegation is not swept under the carpet,” Mr. Onyekpere said. “Otherwise, the morality of continued prosecution of persons accused of lesser economic and financial crimes will become a subject for serious questioning.”

The Buhari administration already has two major corruption scandals that have not been clarified.

The president has not acted on the reportabout the ownership of about $289 million  that rocked the National Intelligence Agency in April and another claim that the suspended Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, was routing monies meant for the internally displaced persons into his personal bank accounts.

Until now, Messrs. Kachikwu and Baru had largely concealed their feud from the media, although it was first hinted more than a year ago.

In September 2016, the Daily Independent in Lagos reported a friction between Mr. Kachikwu and Mr. Baru, which centred on the administration’s Niger-Delta policy.

While Mr. Kachikwu, a native of Delta State, urged peaceful resolution and increased economic development for the restive region; Mr. Baru was in favour of a military crackdown on criminal elements vandalising oil pipelines, Daily Independent reported.

The NNPC GMD said the economic sabotage by militants had cut deeply into the country’s revenues, a situation he said was unsustainable.

Mr. Kachikwu did not play up the Niger-Delta crisis in his latest letter to Mr. Buhari, focusing instead on the consequences of disregard for extant regulations in the wake of disruptive technological advancements which could see fossil fuel become redundant in the years ahead.

The latest spat is not the first time Mr. Kachikwu would spar with another top official over Niger-Delta since he was named minister in 2015.

In June 2016, the minister disagreed with his counterpart at the Ministry of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi, over the completion of the Maritime University in Delta State.

While Mr. Amaechi demanded probe of some funds that had been allocated for the project but which were allegedly squandered by the previous administration; Mr. Kachikwu said the probe could be done without abandoning the university site, which is situated in Gbaramatu Kingdom, Delta State.

Mr. Kachikwu’s feud with Mr. Baru also further underscores a troubling pattern of internal wrangling in the Buhari administration.

In July, Usman Yusuf, the suspended executive secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme engaged the Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, in a tussle over supremacy.

A few days before then, Attorney-General Abubakar Malami had an open disputewith the acting chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, with Mr. Malami accusing Mr. Magu of failing to report to him as required by extant EFCC regulations.


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  • Gbabe!!!!!!

    DEAR EDITOR,

    The
    shambolic government of Muhamadu Buhari should be judged by its implied looting
    of 29 billion dollars without due process – rather than by Buhari’s false and nonsense
    promise to fight other people’s corruption.

  • Iniobong Pius Akpan

    Saint Buhai! only fools will continue to be deceived that the President is a saint and has integrity intact, just watch how this matter will be buried as usual.

  • Darlington

    Where are those who abused Nnamdi Kanu when he referred to Nigeria is a Zoo? Where those who hurl insults on Igbos when they complained of being marginalized in NNPC recent appointments? The centre can’t hold again. Buhari did it disappoint us. We saw it coming & warned. Diezani is having the last laugh now.

  • 0tile

    But Imam Mohamed Buhari swore that Abacha stole no money. Has he recanted or is he still holding fast?
    Niger Delta oil money is lost to cheating Fulanis.

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    The money has been mapped out by Buhari and his cabal for next election………Buhari is very much aware and those who do not know should know that the man is corrupt and will not act.BUHARI WILL KEEP MUTE TILL NIGERIANS DEVELOP AMNESIA AS USUAL , MEANWHILE EFCC WILL SOON GO AFTER THOSE SENATORS AND KACHIKWU.

  • PureWater1985

    “President Buhari kept the substantive Minister of Petroleum Resources post to himself.”—————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————– You see how greedy the individual is. However, that is why they abhor and reject restructuring.

  • Rev

    Only a revolution can save Nigeria from the Northern cabal.

  • Sanssouci

    Bala Ngilari was tried and convicted (although it was subsequently reversed on appeal) amidst much pomp and pageantry for illegally awarding a contract to supply 25 Toyotas @ 168 Million NGN, the cars were not said to be missing, the price was not said to be inflated, the problem was due process! Presidency can keep mum all they want but even they are not naive enough to think that you can sweep under the carpet a 25billion US$ due process wahala, an amount that dwarfs Diezani’s excesses. I doubt Buhari actually knows what’s going on there

    • onome Y.J.

      You are still making excuses for Buhari? Please wake from your slumber. Buhari is the substantive Minister of Petroleum.

      • Sanssouci

        How am I making excuses for him? red what I wrote very well

    • ojomaje ijato

      The possibility that Buhari doesn’t know what’s going on in the NNPC is the best proof of his incompetence. He should resign or be impeached if this is true. Meanwhile, let us wait to see if what is playing out is kwaraftion or corruption. Buhari is only out to fight kwaraftion while corruption is ignored.

      • Sanssouci

        nothing absolutely nothing can justify or explain this, except all that Kachikwu wrote is a lie which I seriously doubt, at any rate tomorrow is not far

  • North/West Allies

    This country is a huge joke, they will sweep this one under the carpet too. We are still to hear about SGF Lawal, NIA Oke and Muritala Nyako of Adamawa. APC are corrupt, infarct worst than PDP the way i see things now. They are heartless, PDP are looting while even beggar in the street is enjoying. Now APC are fighting corruption and stealing while even a rat in my house is feeling the hardship

  • Scrutiny

    Nigeria, Deja vu: Sanusi’s leaked letter…..Kachikwu’s leaked letters; Boko Haram is sponsored to distract say GEJ sympathisers, IPOB created to distract PMB say Lia/Shehu. What goes round….

    • onome Y.J.

      LOL. Nigeria is a vicious cycle. A tale told by IDIOTS full of sound and fury.. signifying NOTHING.

  • Bassey Frank

    We have a PRETENTIOUS President. There is nothing Baru did Alhaji Muhammadu Buhari did not have knowledge of. Buhari will keep mum like he did in the case of Babachir Lawal and Ayo Oke. The next thing you will hear now is how they are going to extradite Diezani Allison-Madueke for not giving them room to steal. Kachikwu should expect Ibrahim Magu’s EFCC soon. That is why NEMESIS must complete its job on them.

    • DanJ

      So he kept mum when DSS write TWICE to the Senate to challenge his judgement per Magu’s nomination.

      He should continue sitting there thinking he is fooling us by serving us silence till Saraki & Co. serve him impeachment notice listing all the mess he is accommodating.

      I guess by then he will find his voice and run to US THE PEOPLE, saying corruption is fighting back!

      Per Wamakko heading the ad-hoc committee…. I hope tribalism will not get the better of the committee especially if we have a “Baru” and “Kachikwu’ in the committee defending their region rather than trying to do justice.

      Lastly, than NNPCan that likened the correspondence to personal communication should be FIRED for looking Nigerians in the face and daring to make such statement. It shows the mentality of it is their NNPC still exists and they are not accountable to the people. Be it Minister, GMD NNPC or even the President is answerable to US. This is exactly what they claim happened under Dezianni and, it is because of that mentality that a PUBLIC company is “THEIR” PRIVATE Organisation.

      DEZIANNI MAY NO LONGER BE AT TGE HELM OF AFFAIRS BUT THE NNPC MENTALITY IS STILL VERY MUCH INTACT. SHE MIGHT HAVE ACTED IN LINE WITH THE CULTURE OF TGE ORGANISATION. A CULTURE WHICH SEEMS TO BE ENTRENCHED IN THE MINDS OF THEIR WORKERS TO THIS DAY, BECAUSE THEY KNOW NOT -THAT THEY ARE ACCOUNTABLE TO THE PEOPLE!

      THERE WAS A TIME WE DEBATED OVER WHO WILL BELL THE CAT? UNTIL, OUR VERY NAKED EYES SAW THE RATS IN HOT PURSUIT OF THE CAT -ABOMINATION!

      Once again, here we go again!!

  • Iweka Okparaocha

    This is why so called President Buhari surround himself with northerners, Hausa/Fulani Muslims to blindfolds Nigerians in the name of unity my foot, stealing national wealth and sending the money, $20 billion to slamic banks never to be recovered or noticed by western countries, like United States, France or UK. This selfish Malam should be impeach and send back to the village were he belongs. His evil motive is too many, Nigeria is ruined and Biafra might be the answer most people are waiting for. Buhari’s aim is to use all the southern Nigerian oil and gas wealth to develop the north and islamise the christian part or kill them all, before it is too late to remove him as president. Buhari is an organization by northern elders to ruine the south and occupy. Buhari actions are speaking loudly, and he will never agree to restructure the economic and political situation in Nigeria for justice and equality. Nigeria made the greatest mistake electing him as president.

  • Jon

    After Buhari allegedly looted Petroleum Trust Fund, nobody knew that as President, he will allegedly continue his evil ways
    of stealing. Alleged bara wo, Buhari. The agent allegedly stole for himself and for his Principal.

    This is why he and his Hausa/Fulani invaders and terrorists say Nigeria is non-negotiable.

  • Lanre

    Common sense dictates what is happening here. A northern Hausa-Fulani will never answer to or obey a Southerner, if he can avoid it. There are so many examples to show this. The body language of the Hausa-Fulani elite is complicit. When some of us say we want our independent nations, it is not out of a desire for trouble but because we have seen too many instances of events like this. The Igbos suffered a three year war to break from Nigeria; The Yorubas were spat at and slapped in the face with the death of the Aare Ona Kakanfo, Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola. The usual stooges, Olusegun Obasanjo and company have continued to keep us enslaved. Can someone tell me why in the world Makanti Baru, a PhD holder will not listen to Ibe Kachikwu, another PhD holder and his direct boss? Over resources that belong to Kachikwu’s ethnic nationality? I need an answer from patriotic Nigerians, since Lanre does not know any better.

    • Iskacountryman

      kachikwu must go…

      • Lanre

        Thank you Jare, Iskacountryman. I know you to be one of those patriotic Nigerians I was referring to. Yes, Kachikwu must go.

        • Iskacountryman

          na your coconut head be jare…if dem let kachiku chop, im for complain?

  • Daniel

    This is jaw-breaking corruption!

    Let the idiotic Buhari supporters continue his praise.

    Uninformed nincompoops!

    • 0tile

      It is not only jaw-breaking, it is also eye-poking.

      What Alhaji Baru has done to us in the Niger Delta is like sleeping with a man’s wife and asking him to smell your dick. It is ungodly.

      • Sanssouci

        LWKMD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Daniel

        This government is pathetically corrupt.

  • Jon

    Ajibo ole, ole. Ajibo ole, ole.

  • Solomon Brown

    All you southerners who jumped on and are still riding the APC bandwagon, I pray you all are in the front seat when it finally crashes. Amin.

    • 0tile

      Don’t call yourself Solomon, you are a Mohammedan.

  • onome Y.J.

    I am waiting for somebody to tell me that this is corruption fighting back.

    • Höly Wähala

      Keep waiting for the ugly and noisy Itse Sagay, the motormouth has suddenly gone silent… wait forever!

  • Arabakpura

    This government will eventually receive the best award for corruption when the chips are down! Gen Buhari has an archaic mind! when he resurrected the rested West Germany, we thought it was a mistake! The man is simply living in the past when things were done mechanically! This will turn out the worst government in the history of Nigeria! All pretenses and grandstanding!

  • soulchild

    Pls why is no-one talking about Andrew Yakubu? Abi is it now a case of settling out of court? In which case they have returned his loot to him and closed the case. This our country na real Banana Republic.

  • Dazmillion

    Anybody who still thinks Buhari is fighting a war on corruption, should quickly check himself into the nearest psychiatric hospital for urgent medical evaluation by a qualified psychiatric doctor.

    Further more anybody who still believes a word that comes from the stinking mouth of Lai Mohammed should not bother visiting a psychiatric hospital, you are already certified insane.

    • ???????¾

      @Dazmillion:disqus

      Buhari is the worst president Nigeria has ever had; the least educated,
      the most crass, the most crooked, the worst mentally lazy, the most bereft,
      the most denuded of thought-process, and, most inarticulate bumbling Islamist
      bigot ever to enter the presidential villa blithely flying Fulani tribe flag.

      • 0tile

        Well, that’s why he has no qualms in the atrocities he is committing. The man is evil, he is aware of what he is doing.

  • Austine Atang

    The senate keep talking about investigation, what are they investigating? The DSS recruitment and other issues they told Nigerians that they were investigating were actually swept under the carpet, not until we stop playing games n politics with real issues in this country we will keep rotating in the same location. I only pray that God’s will be done for this country.

    • Daminebi

      c’mmon Austine. This is the Feudal Government of the North. NNPC – Northern Nigeria Petroleum Corporation and DSS -Duara Secret Service belong to them.

    • 0tile

      How about the cheating involved in Buhari hiring only Katsina Fulani shooters in inner secret service?

  • Abu

    As supporter of only Buhari in APC govt, my question wrt to this NNPC saga is, what is the role of the President in all of this?Did he give an approval to the NNPC tenders board without the NNPC board?if he did then that is an impeachable offence.If he did not then some few are probably running the government on his behalf. It is absolutely obvious that buhari was wrong nominating himself as the senior minister of petroleum bcos some few are probably taking advantage of his power of approval as a minister of petroleum

    • 0tile

      Who said that Buhari is not corrupt and cunning?

  • Charles

    The hausa-fulanis has conquered Nigeria, so they are entitled to the spoils of war. When an army captures an area, the next agenda is looting, this will continue until the conquered people regroup, fight and retake their territory.

    • yukkmouff

      True talk!

      • 0tile

        True talk, but who will bell the cat? Cowardice is bliss in one Najeriya, and Mohammedans know it.

  • MilitaryPolice01

    There is no way such a contract of that worth is awarded without the express knowledge of the President who doubles as the Minister of Petroleum. Hence if Baru is complicit, Buhari is more so.

    Buharis response to Kachikwu will be a cabinet reshuffle, come to think of it with Alhassan playing her own dirge and a host of others mumbling with discontent – it is a matter of time the slate is wiped clean.

    What a failed Govt.

    • Ndidi

      What we are seeing playing out is a mad scramble for the money from Niger Delta’s resources, because now that the world has entered a non-oil based economy, new ways of making money must come into play. So those in power will FIGHT AGAINST RESTRUCTURING so as to give themselves more time to steal/take Niger Deltan money to develop their own states and zones. So the plan is to resist any form of change and use that time period to develop their own areas.
      Niger Deltans should rise up and use non violent protests etc to stop their money from being stolen and used to develop other parts of the country, when their own land has been destroyed much worse than what Boko Haram has done in the NE. Restructuring is the fairest and most just arrangement so that Niger Deltans can use their money to fix their damaged environment a costly and very lengthy process.
      ŔESTRUCTURING, RESTRUCTURING, RESTRUCTURING!

      • yukkmouff

        Ahhh Ndidi!! You don tire abi. You’ve finally joined the wailers club.

        • Höly Wähala

          Lol… you nko?

          • yukkmouff

            I’ve always worn the wailers badge proudly from day one. Only a blockhead would expect proper governance from the daura high school dropout! Mind you Jonathan was no favourite of mine either!

          • Höly Wähala

            I know that and also know your unbiased antecedents… we have a lot in common save my diction which is blunt, lol. I was only pulling your legs, where are the Kay_Soyemis and tundemashes? @Ndidi is now a born-again Buhari critic suddenly, when I keep cursing these people folks called me all sorts of names. Where is that lying old fake @Dr. Bunmi Binite aka, @Ramatu, the fraudster now to shout, ‘Sai Baba’ with her babbi allah can for crumbs? Nigeria: Where a Mugu is Born-a-Minute! Laff-out-loud, o’jare!!!

          • yukkmouff

            Lmao…….they’re all Absent without Leave!!

        • Ndidi

          Several months ago when I fully realised that President Buhari was not going to stop the marauding killer herdsmen, but was by his inactivity encouraging them, I lost respect for his presidency. I will never ever support any leadership, anywhere on Earth that condones violence, injustice and corruption of any kind.
          So several months ago I began to look for other political parties and other groups/people, and systems that would be better for Nigeria and Nigerians. President Buhari is a disappointment and is not prepared to bring any good change for Nigerians. It is a real pity.

          • yukkmouff

            “It is a real pity” – more like a travesty, I would say! The man was never going to deliver on his campaign promises. He just does not have what it takes to lead any country in the 21st century. Sad to say, but you can’t contract a roadside mechanic to fix a Boeing 777 aircraft.

        • PREITY

          Hahahahaha. Their chair lady Ndidi done tire, but she talk true there.

  • forestgee

    The truth must be told; this government cannot claim in all honesty that they are sincerely fighting corruption. A government calling some people irresponsible and turn around and indulge in irresponsible acts! The operation monkey dance at NNPC is more than enough to convince doubters that the government is not serious.

    • Uzoma John

      What shows that they are not sincerely fighting corruption? The Minister wrote a letter to Mr President, alleging under-hand practices and insubordination. Will you give the Govt time to do it’s investigation to establish facts before taking any action or you want them to act on mere allegation to please you. Tarry young man. Don’t rush into what you know nothing about.

      • Daniel

        You need instances?

        Ikoyigate!

        Grass Cutting scandal!

        What has happened so far?

        This government is a voodoo corruption fighter.

        • Uzoma John

          At least those are suspended from office pending further action.

          • Daniel

            What you need is mental emancipation from APC propaganda.

            Buhari is a corrupt and incompetent fellow.

          • Uzoma John

            Hatred kills. Look for something meaningful to do with your life. Leave PMB alone. He’s one man in Nigeria with integrity. You can’t beat that. I’m neither of APC nor any political party. I’m a de-tribalised Nigerian of Igbo decent and for the common good.

          • Daniel

            Hahahahha!

            Watch out for more corruption surprises under your Buhari.

            We have his records, past and present.

      • Ndidi

        True, we shouldn’t always jump to quick conclusions but we do have to look at people involved. Dr Ibe is a man of proven character who was doing very well internationally before being picked up by President Buhari, and never needed any new job. Whereas Baru was a mediocre nobody, going nowhere before his top NNPC post. Who out of these two are we to likely put our initial trust in?

        • PolyGon2013

          Yep. I totally agree with you. If I had the power, I would fire Dr. Baru! Dr. Baru is a moron.

      • forestgee

        That letter was not written yesterday, besides what’s happening to the grass cutter case? Wait till 2019?

        • Uzoma John

          At least we knew PMB was not in Nigeria for some time due to illness and also those responsible to ensure the letter gets to him, not knowing what the contents are may not have done so urgently. Please let’s not run into unfounded conclusion. Now we hear PMB and Kachikwu will hold a meeting tomorrow Friday. Make una go drink ice water and cool down. For the grass cutting, he received the report. As we all know him, PMB does not take hasty decision. At least for now, both Babachir and the NSA man remain suspended from their respective offices until further action is taken.

          • Gary

            Obviously, you are still drinking the Buhari Kool Aid.
            We have been drinking ice water since he packed government and the NNPC Board with his kinsmen. We also drank water waiting for him to do something about his Fulani herdsmen on their killing spree across the country.
            We are drinking water waiting for him to obey court orders on Dasuki and El Zakzaky.

            If we drink any more water, we could die from water poisoning. Or just die waiting for Buhari to be the President of the whole country and not just his own people.
            P.S. Very few here are bamboozled by your Igbo handle.

          • Uzoma John

            Why are you people too petty? Which his kinsmen? Are they not Nigerians. Jonathan did much more. Did I hear complain? If Baru is culpable, let him be fired. Stop your tribalism game. It is not PMB’s responsiblity to capture criminal elements parading as Fulani herdsmen. We have the law enforcement agents who have been severally instructed to do so. People now disguise as Fulani herdsmen to perpetuate criminality. That’s Nigeria for you. Please grow up.

          • Sanssouci

            “If Baru is culpable, let him be fired” do you even believe what u wrote in all sincerity? when do u think he will get to doing that?

          • Uzoma John

            I believe. At least Babachir and NSA man were fired unlike GEJ you left Odua after indictment on her post till the whole world start screaming.

          • Uzoma John

            At least he fired Babachir and the NSA man.

          • Sanssouci

            There is a world of difference between being sacked and being suspended, and i suspect you know that but are just being deliberately mischievous. Your god may just be putting them on hold till the polity cools down then reinstate them, if Babachir was sacked and a substantive SGF sworn in please refer me to an article I must have missed it.

          • Uzoma John

            The fact still remains they have been relieved of their duties pending further action. What do you want to hear? “Conjecturers”.

          • Sanssouci

            investigation by EFCC and or ICPC not meaningless and opaque kangaroo panel headed by Osinbande

          • Uzoma John

            Stop mourning. Things will take their cause at the right time.

          • Sanssouci

            Unacceptable excuse to use his not being in Naija on account of ill health to justify anything, u guys repeated ad-nauseam that Osinbajo was fully incharge, there wss no power vaccuum, government continued functioning normally bla bla bla bla bla bla, you cannot have it both ways

          • Uzoma John

            At least that’s a good and reasonable excuse – ill-health. Stop the conjecture and table any other unreasonable excuse against the President if you have one.

          • Sanssouci

            If you are now admitting that his health is getting in the way of critical national issues of governance then you have just made a case for his resignation

          • Uzoma John

            Who doesn’t fall sick? Tell me. He is back to duty. Give him time to attend to things at the right time. Thanks.

          • okenwa

            Those using names like yours are fake.

          • Uzoma John

            That’s what you can here from members of the proscribed IPOB. Nwoko, awum nwafo Igbo (I’m not writing Central Igbo, I just wrote in Owerri vernacular).

      • Sanssouci

        If Buhari were on top of things as substantive minister of petroleum, there wouldnt be need for any investigation to begin with. If this is news to Buhari as it is to you and me then we are in deep trouble.

        • Uzoma John

          The reason I said he was away while sick. At least hw will also get briefed by the VP. You guys should tarry until we hear from him and the alleged (Baru). This is just one side of a story.

  • Khafilat Adeoye

    SERIOUS

    “I HAVE BEEN UNABLE TO SECURE AN APPOINTMENT TO SEE YOU DESPITE VERY MANY ATTEMPTS” …. on quote … Kachukwu Ibe.

    If the Minister of State could not secure an appointment to see Buhari ….. how did Baru get those hefty contracts approved?

    Was Baru able to secure appointments to see the President and discuss the approval of the hefty contracts with Buhari? We need to know.

    If a Minister of State who also doubles as NNPC Chairman in the all important Petroleum Industry could not secure appointment to see Buhari ….. who then is seeing Buhari and for what.

    • Musa M. Dantsoho

      At least there was no less than three FEC meetings held after Buhari’s return from London. It is hoped Kachikwu Ibe did not attended the meetings with his eyes closed. If that was the case, his excuse is understandable.

      • Mani_Kay

        You need a human brain to appreciate the difference between seeing Buhari physically at FEC meeting and seeing Buhari by way of securing an appointment.

        • Musa M. Dantsoho

          As someone with human brain couldn’t spot the difference either

        • Sanssouci

          Chai what a response, world class, respect!

      • Ndidi

        If you read Dr Ibe’s letter you would see he wanted to see President Buhari one-on-one. The issue is about Nigeria’s future in a post oil world, and about stopping corruption. It isn’t about Dr Ibe, he is a proven technocrat and is correctly playing the role of public servant, by wanting to honourably serve the Nigerian public. Nigerians lose in all this. Particularly Niger Deltans.

        • Musa M. Dantsoho

          I am not doubting Mr. Ibe. My fear, I wouldn’t like someone putting those words in his mouth.

  • Daniel

    I am here to read Buhari ‘s supporters comments.

    Very dumb set of human beings!

    • Musa M. Dantsoho

      Ironically, we now read the voices of those who previously called for crucifixion of Sanusi Lamido Sanusi for alerting Jonathan of unremitted $50 billion oil revenue from 2011 – 2014.

      Interestingly, one of the principal actors behind the sleaze owns a property worth $25 billion.

      We are waiting to hear from anti Buhari.

      • benedict chindi

        Property worth $25 billion dollars!!!???

        Not even the house of Saud owns any one property worth US$ 25 billion; where in the hell did you get that figure? Besides Lamido Sanusi accused NNPC at the time of a shortfall of initial US$ 20b, later revised to US$ 12b, then further revised to US$ 8 billion. Please provide reference for your US$ 50 billion. Please always say the truth. Thanks.

        • yukkmouff

          Ol boi, I just tire for the nonsensical figures wey de guy dey post. When we say quota system education is detrimental to their wellbeing, dem go say we dey cuss dem!

        • Musa M. Dantsoho

          Throughout that kangaroo Senate Committee sittings, there was not a single instance of documentary evidence allowed as means of review.
          Instead, Nigerians were treated with assumptive figures of disparity. After all, the then CBN governor didn’t make a verbal case, but quoted facts and figures in his letter as evidence.
          .

      • Sanssouci

        25Billion $ property? Haba Mallam Dantsoho, a white House replica on Mars will not cost that much

        • Musa M. Dantsoho

          Perhaps you might be ignorant of the fact that former CBN governor in his letter to Mr. President quoted unremitted oil revenue of $49.5 billion. If doubting an individual went away with $25 billion, just remain patient, the investigations have not even started despite what has been coming out from the cronies.

  • Kambiri

    How much did the Nigerian Government budget for Capital and Re-current expenditure for 2017?

  • Agba

    Biafra said they are tired of this corruption in the system,and they are going,Buhari said no,they must die in this corruption fed gov.Olorun oba a ran awon omo IBO yi lowo lat gba ominira won AMIN;

    • yukkmouff

      What has Buhari’s tacit approval of unimaginable corrupt practices my his henchmen have to do with the granting Biafra’s independence by God the almighty king?! Please stick to the subject at hand!

  • Timothy

    Its too early to criticise the president and am sure the said letter has not gotten to him yet. Even if it had its a sensitive matter not to make draw conclusion from one story without hearing from the other. The NNPC GMD has not responded to the letter that was made public neither has Buhari and between the 2 of them one would expect that the GMD quickly without hesitation make a comment to defend himself but he has not. Lets not think this is the first time this is happening in this govt or any other govt. From back in the days we know that a Minister of sports and the DG of the same ministry was at loggerhead with each other that made Yar’Adua to remove the minister. That same DG was suspended from FIFA board for fraud. Sanusi made his allegations and the same person that made the allegation was sent home compulsorily. Now this has happened and expectantly one will expect the presidency to move quickly and give a statement…but neither Osibanjo or Shehu Garba or Adesina has anything to say. Even the ever ready to speak up Lai Muhammed has not said anything which means either they are as dumb-founded as we all are about these revelations or someone inside the presidency leaked it because it was a sensitive matter of one of their own. Buhari’s action on this would eventually say which way we are going.

    • Ilemona Onoja

      A letter written and submitted to his office on August 30th, 2017 hasnt gotten to him by October 5th, 2017?

      • Timothy

        Yes…which means (like they all do in ministries and parastatals) someone sat on it and ignored it because it was no importance to them until the man in charge gets a whimp of it and makes a case it now becomes important. Its the way we behave in Nigeria, dont be surprised.

  • front man

    The President knows what he’s doing on this matter, he can’t just brief Nigerian now until all investigation are complete

    • Gary

      Here comes the BMC squad…with the regime talking points to defend their demigod’s latest cover up for his errant kinsmen caught up in corrupt malfeasance.
      We are waiting for you to accuse GEJ of also approving $26B contracts without due process. When caught, blame Jonathan.

    • GEO

      And you are his front man, right?

  • wode

    I still need to hear from other side, after a thorough investigation on what ensued, before apportioning any blame.

    My position is that whoever is found wanting at the end of the day shouldn’t only be shown the way out but also made to face the consequence. It seems there has to be a lot of scapegoats before the system can be considerably cleaned of rots. It’s also quite unfortunate that a minister cannot communicate directly with the President. Even, if a written letter/memo can’t reach the president due to any human manipulation, there should be a line through which the ministers can reach – call/sms – the president, at least. Although all these unfolding development could be due to the President’s ill-health in the past months on the need to minimize his exposure to pressure, it nonetheless leaves more to be desired. The President needs to identify those people mounting unnecessary walls around him preventing the right communication to get across to him.

  • GEO

    But Buhari, a saint, is fighting corruption for Nigeria. Have you ever seen corruption fight corruption? It is like telling the NASS founded on an illegal constitution to settle restructure demands and dissolve itself. Evil is evil no matter how clothed.

  • Mizch

    Even if Buhari fries his sh*t and serves it as kwilikwili, sure those who worship him will praise him for being very generous and blemish. Sad.