NNPC says Osinbajo gave approval for N640 billion contract; vice president’s office keeps mum

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo speaking
Acting President Yemi Osinbajo speaking

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation said on Wednesday that the presidential approvals it received for two oil contracts worth N640 billion were granted by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo during his time as acting president.

The “Acting President Yemi Osinbajo gave the approval,” Ndu Ughamadu, spokesperson for the NNPC, said in a message to PREMIUM TIMES at noon Wednesday.

But for the ensuing 10 hours, Mr. Osinbajo’s office could not confirm or counter the NNPC’s claim despite repeated requests from PREMIUM TIMES.

The NNPC’s statement on Wednesday after that of Tuesday and the presidency’s handling of the controversy surrounding the operations of the state-oil firm further highlight the opaque nature of the running of the corporation.

Mr. Ughamadu’s declaration comes hours after PREMIUM TIMES highlighted a critical aspect of a Monday morning statement by the NNPC which suggested that the state-run oil giant had received presidential approvals for at least two contract awards during the time President Muhammadu Buhari was on medical leave in London.

The NNPC listed the contracts as part of its response to the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, who had earlier accused the head of NNPC of abuse of contract regulations and insubordination in a memo to Mr. Buhari.

In the August 30 memo, Mr. Kachikwu said Maikanti Baru awarded up to $25 billion in oil contracts under different guises without recourse to NNPC board or himself as its chairman. The memo sparked nationwide controversy followings its leakage on the Internet October 3.

The NNPC pushed back in a statement Monday, saying Mr. Kachikwu’s complaints were misplaced as the Mr. Baru only needed to get input and approval from President Buhari, who’s also the substantive Minister of Petroleum Resources.

The agency also listed some contracts that received presidential approvals between September 2015 and July 2017.

The statement said NNPC received presidential approvals for two oil contracts on July 10 and July 31 worth $1 billion and $780 million, respectively.

The timeline indicated that the contracts were signed on dates Mr. Buhari was on medical leave in London and Mr. Osinbajo was acting as president in line with the Constitution.

PREMIUM TIMES then contacted the NNPC to clarify whether the approvals were granted by Mr. Buhari while on his sickbed in London, but the agency’s spokesperson declined to clarify, saying “presidential approval is presidential approval.”

When PREMIUM TIMES reminded him of potential legal implications of Mr. Buhari exercising presidential powers even when he had relinquished same in accordance with the constitution, Mr. Ughamadu dug his heels in.

“Presidential approval is presidential approval,” the spokesperson insisted.

President Buhari’s spokespersons, Femi Adesina and Garba Shehu, also declined to comment on their principal’s role in the contract saga when contacted on Tuesday.

But hours after the story was published, Mr. Ughamadu contacted PREMIUM TIMES to say that it was Mr. Osinbajo who gave the presidential approvals for the contracts.

Yet Laolu Akande, spokesperson for Mr. Osinbajo, could not corroborate the NNPC’s assertion for about 10 hours on Wednesday after he was contacted by PREMIUM TIMES.

In his memo to Mr. Buhari, Mr. Kachikwu stated that when Mr. Buhari was unwell in London for several months between May and August, Mr. Baru tried to get direct approval from Acting President Osinbajo for some personnel changes at the NNPC.

But Mr. Osinbajo asked Mr. Baru to go back to Mr. Kachikwu and get his input and approval first before making the changes. Mr. Baru refused to consult Mr. Kachikwu on that.

For weeks, the changes were not made, until Mr. Buhari returned on August 19. By August 29, Mr. Baru announced the changes.

This prompted Mr. Kachikwu’s letter to the president on August 30, complaining that he learnt of the development in the media.

Neither the vice president’s office nor Mr. Baru has denied that claim by Mr. Kachikwu.


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  • Agba

    Nigeians don’t be deceived.this is to save face,Osibajo knew nothing about it because is ordinary CO ORDINATOR,this is to save the presidency of the embarrasment,afefe ti fe a ti ri idi adie;God save Nigeria from hausa fulani contract scam

    • Sam

      Shame on you.

      • musa aliero

        Liar mohammed how market? It seems the propaganda and hypocrisy tactic is not working out well for you anymore…. lol

      • Agba

        Protect your job at Buhari media organisation,but you will go down with them soon.APC PDP APGA ACCORD PARTY they are criminal

    • Lanre

      Thank you Agba. Oju ma ti awon Tinubu lori oro Buhari. Oju gbogbo wa lo ma se.

      • 0tile

        You are in a way saying that – e don dabaru for Baru.

        • Lanre

          No Otile. I am stating that Tinubu is going to cover his face in shame for supporting Buhari. But then again I said it in Yoruba because Yorubas (I believe) still have a sense of shame. At least the ones I know and I am pretty sure that looking at Prof. Osinbajo’s pedigree he must be getting quite tired at the mud being thrown his way. If he had a white garment on before, it is now a dirty, muddy brown.

      • Agba

        Thank you God bless you AMEN, Tinubu and Bisi Akande put omoluwabi in this MESS

    • AryLoyds

      Hahaha God works in mysterious ways . They called osibanjo coordinator so they can sideline him , now that they animals have been caught naked they are trying to involve him.

      Buhari and his fulani goons are common criminals .

      The NNPC has been turned into a grazing reserve by Buhari were they are looting the life blood from Nigeria .
      This is why they are called parasites !

    • SayNo2Tribalism

      Between NNPC and a random person on the internet, it is clear who to believe.

  • share Idea

    When we said that Buhari and master forger and liar people thought we are joking – is it not clear to all that Buhari have been lying to the masses all these while.

    • Sam

      Moron ,shame on you , your hatred towards the old man will lead you to where you deserve. Twart

    • tiwiex

      like i wrote, u are a prophet. You described right 2 years ago. Like you knew something we didn’t know.

      • share Idea

        I’m not super human but the signs are there for all to see but because of propaganda from vocal cabals against GEJ, so many people overlooked the signs – Buhari was a disaster, and he is still one.

  • Sam

    Earlier on I had stated that the manner at which our media houses rush to publish half truths and lies is worrisome, I had reminded us here that Buhari sent away the AGF from London for taking official files to him and admonished that the acting president was the head now ,how will the same Buhari sign NNPC contract? But our silly brothers who love to hate the president were rejoicing albeit prematurely. Shame to all of you including PT

    • Anon

      @disqus_7PLjCLpBtK:disqus

      “The (NNPC)
      statement said NNPC received presidential approvals for two oil contracts on
      July 10 and July 31 worth $1 billion and $780 million, respectively. The
      timeline indicated that the contracts were signed on dates Mr. Buhari was on
      medical leave in London and Mr. Osinbajo was acting as president in line with
      the Constitution. PREMIUM TIMES then contacted the NNPC to clarify whether the
      approvals were granted by Mr. Buhari while on his sickbed in London, but the
      agency’s spokesperson declined to clarify, saying “presidential approval is
      presidential approval.” When PREMIUM TIMES reminded him of potential legal
      implications of Mr. Buhari exercising presidential powers even when he had
      relinquished same in accordance with the constitution, Mr. Ughamadu dug his
      heels in. ,Presidential approval is presidential approval,’ the spokesperson
      insisted.”

    • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

      There is no perfect crime….just mark my words !!

      • 0tile

        But this is what the Fulanis would call, good crime.

    • duwdu

      Well said, Sam. Premium Times is clearly being mischievous here. There’s no where NNPC stated it was Mr. Buhari who signed the contracts which was signed while he was away, yet the paper claimed Mr. Baru “indicated” it was Buhari who signed the paper. How can a paper that seems to pride itself in excellence be so deliberately sloppy and ambiguous with its claim and words?

      It’s clear, even to a juvenile, that the paper was just trying to put words in Mr. Baru’s mouth in a way that the pro-Kachikwu narrative of this paper on this Kachikwu whistle-blowing-gone-bad story, would be supported by fire, by force!

      Now, the NNPC has clarified the issue, and stated that the contracts in question were in fact and indeed granted and signe by Mr. VP Osinbajo. Suddenly, the paper no longer believes the NNPC’s statement; maybe because it brutally debunks Premium Times narrative?

      The paper now wants the VP himself to confirm this particular point by the NNPC, when in fact all the stories imbibed by the PT so far emanated from the NNPC?

      ……..
      P34c3
      …..

      • speechtherapy

        Sir, with due respect you may have missed certain aspects of this story or you attempting to be clever by half…

        1. If the VP signed why was has the NNPC spokesman being saying “Presidency is Presidency” when asked about to clarify the authorizing authority of the transactions? Why did it take so long to come out and say “the VP signed”?

        2. If the VP signed why did the same VP send back Baru to get clearance from Kachikwu for the hirings in NNPC and not for contracts worth up to N640B???? Does this kind of action not point to the VP have an interest in those contracts?

    • So oju abe niko

      First, I am not anti-Buhari. In contrast, I funded his last 2 presidential campaigns. Sending the AGF away, IF even TRUE, does not absolve PMB. PMB took phone calls from world leaders ILLEGALLY while away in London. And he was also fixated with the petroleum ministry, otherwise he would not have made himself the minister of petroleum, when he could barely keep pace with his regular presidential functions. If Osinbajo accept that he signed the bogus contracts, he would just be doing it to save face for PMB or the cabal, and it would be very very wrong. It is not his business. If they had any respect for him, they would not have carried out those illegal dealings. If Baru took those contracts to him, he would have asked for the input of Kachikwu. Why didn’t they want the Kachikwu’s input if everything was above board?

    • speechtherapy

      ..oga, did u read the same article we all just read?

      • Sam

        Well enough .

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    Osinbajo is a clergy and a lawyer , lets watch him play the fall guy . The VP is tacitly implicated in all the sever human rights atrocities of the bloodthirsty Buhari regime now lets watch him tell lies to save Buhari…….Nigerians are waiting. It is very unbecoming of a Pastor to behave in this manner, to facilitate mass deception in this manner is unheard of but we all wait.

    • Sam

      Continue your irrational arguments. You lost election let the winner lead for the period and when its time for next elections try and send him out .why hating on the man and yourself for this long ,oh only one reason, you were profiting from the wroth of the immediate past.

      • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

        i HAVE NO BUSINESS WITH ELECTIONS, I AM NO POLITICIAN. I AM AN ACTIVIST RESOLUTELY ENGAGED IN DEFENDING DEMOCRACY AND FREE SPEECH, GOOD GOVERNANCE, ETC.

        THIS IS MONUMENTAL CORRUPTION AND A MONUMENTAL COVER-UP WHICH WILL RUIN OSINBAJO AND HE KNOWS IT.

      • speechtherapy

        No sir! If the person who won elections acts irresponsibly and illegally it is not for us to wait till its “time for next elections”. If we had a responsible National Assembly would a proper investigation not unearth clear grounds for impeachment?

    • Mizch

      My dear, many pastors have fallen from grace to grass. Osibanjo will not be the last. Besides, he is a lawyer, capable of thwarting the truth. Jesus placed woes on lawyers and the rich like Nigeria.

    • Julius

      Going by your juvenile utterance, he is already guilty…taking the fall ! Would you ever believe what he has to say about the contracts approval ?

  • Jaiyeola Akinwande

    @disqus_7PLjCLpBtK:disqus

    No $25 billion NNPC financial criminal must be left behind

    The Buhari presidency is besieged and knows it has walked into criminal zone on this one.
    A president who reportedly signed off an amount of $25 billion of contracts without legal
    authorization commits the same offence for which Chief Bode George was convicted and
    jailed. Therefore, a judicial verdict on this NNPC case will expectedly yield the same result.

    The amount of $25 billion is equal to 9 trillion Naira and exceeds Nigeria’s annual budget.
    Anyone involved in the outrageous scam cannot remain in public office after forfeiting trust.
    If Yemi Osinbajo signed portions of the $25 billion scam he too will be liable to impeachment.
    Yemi Osinbajo would have renounced his legal training to involve himself in the NNPC illegality.

    • Anon

      @tawandaincommunicado:disqus

      “Mr. Baru, the Group Managing Director of NNPC, revealed that Buhari had
      been exercising presidential powers by granting approvals for NNPC joint
      venture contracts when he was supposedly on his sickbed and not exercising
      presidential powers. On October 9, the NNPC responded to Mr. Kachikwu’s
      allegations by publishing the above contract details, which it said was at the
      instance of Muhamadu Buhari, who had kept mum since the scandal broke.

      But a look at the dates of the three contracts shows that two of them
      received presidential approval on dates Mr. Buhari was not in the country, July
      31 for the second contract with Chevron Nigeria and July 10 for the contract
      with Shell. Mr. Baru’s name was placed against the contracts as the person who
      administered the contract in his capacity as the Group Managing Director of the
      NNPC.”

    • Sam

      I don’t know which of the Akinwandes you belong to. But I surely can say the ones I know are responsible ones. You sound far from them .zero integrity

      • Gbabe 2017

        @disqus_7PLjCLpBtK:disqus

        HE IS FROM THE BUHARI BRANCH OF AKINWANDEs – NO HONESTY, NO TRUTH, NO INTEGRITY.

    • Lanre

      Thank you Jaiyeola Akinwande. You watch how we Southerners are going to be hanged and made to take the fall for this scandal. If Osinbajo signed the so-called document, why would Kachikwu write a memo to Buhari? The narrative that we have here is that Osinbajo asked/requested Baru to go through Kachikwu. How would Osinbajo then have gotten involved in the contract awards? I keep saying it, when you sell your soul for a mess of pottage, this is what happens. Osinbajo, as a Professor of Law is going to regret serving under Muhammudu Buhari who clearly has no intellectual credibility. Thank me later.

  • Ayinde

    I have always said that this man is being made to adorned a garment that he is not worthy of both in character and integrity, the assumed integrity attributed to him is all based on a false premise. Nothing and i repeat nothing in his antecedent makes him eminently qualified to be so called “Mr Integrity” rather he is like his boy Daura lawal said he is integrity deficient. Short and Simple.

    • Lanre

      Ayinde. Thank you. How do we liberate Yorubaland and our Yoruba people from the slavery in Nigeria. This is the key question we Yorubas must address.

      • Julius

        Let me know when we should start the war of liberation . With you leading the charge, we will no doubt be successful. Let’s do it !!..smdh !

  • Sanssouci

    10 hours to reply a simple yes or no question? hmmmm

    • government

      E no easy like that na.

    • Julius

      And if they came out minutes after the news broke you would have believed him or his office. Right ?

  • Lanre

    Nigeria is an active crime scene. A couple of days ago, Maikanti Baru said Kachikwu was inciting Nigerians. I responded by stating that Osinbajo would soon be the next to be accused of incitement. Wow! I am a Genius – with a big G! This is Lanre who will continue to work for an Independent Yorubaland and I approved this message.

    • 0tile

      Don’t say Independent Yorubaland. Are you calling for Oduduwa Republic? If so you will be labelled a terrorist trying to break up Nigeria where the North will lose their control of oil. Buhari monopolized the guns and can use them to kill anybody he does not like in the South including Yorubaland. Tactics comrade.

      • Lanre

        Thank you Otile. If I am labelled as you have written, then George Washington, Obafemi Awolowo, Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi will fall under the same label. Galileo was killed for stating the truth. We should never be afraid of stating and fighting for the truth. That is what stands you out as a sentient human being from the crowd of passengers who are only here to watch and observe. Where will the United States be today if the pilgrims/immigrants accepted the rule of the British? History is made by courageous people and not cowards. I am not a coward and Yorubaland will be free, hopefully in my lifetime.

        • Mizch

          Take up the challenge man. Odudua Republic Emancipation. Be their “Nnamdi Kanu.” Yes you can.

          • Julius

            Hahahahaha, you want a biafraudian man to lead the Yoruba Odudua republic emancipation like a runaway kanu ? Yup, u dey funny as hell.

  • Maria Darego

    Yemi Osibanjo would never, repeat would never; sign that approval without the input and knowledge of Minister of State Kachikwu. It is now becoming clear while Baru rushed to see Osibanjo when this story broke! The timeline is putting a noose around their necks. The Presidential approval came when the President was not in power (and since he is Minister of Petroleum by virtue of him being President, he ceased to be Minister when he relinquished power to go on medical break; so he could not approve anything legally). Only Osibanjo can save them now. Baru and Chief of Staff Kyari put Buhari’s signature on the approval and awarded the contract when Buhari was not exercising Presidential powers.

    • Sword of Damocles

      And the President will prove to us DEFINITIVELY if he has any integrity. He has been very sectional/provincial in his appointments to important offices. If Kyari, Funtao, Maman Daura all signed off this contract in Buhari’s name, while Osinbajo was acting , then they have committed sedition by usurping the powers(coup d’etat) of the legal chief executive of Nigeria at that time: Yemi Osinbajo. The President refused to remove DG Daura of DSS after the man made him look incompetent twice on the Magu matter, and colluded with SP Saraki in the DSS robbery of Saraki’s bureau de Change guy. The President again refused to remove Kyari after he took a bribe from that south african cellular company, and again after Kyari took Jide Omokare’s bribe. We(the Nigerian People) want to know in the President is indeed a man of integrity. Till today, The President. who is employed by us,fed by us, lives in our house does not see fit to tell us why he left the country for 109 days(not to talk of this matter or the Ikoyi dollars matter). Hubris and contempt, NOTHING BUT(that is what has been displayed). I am done with Nigerian politics

  • thisnigeria

    If Osinbajo has no hand in this deal, I will seriously advise him not to say he did because it may come to haunt him now or later.

    • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

      THAT IS HIS DECISION, HE HAS TO CHOOSE BETWEEN PROTECTING A DEVIL AND HIS HARD EARNED NAME COUPLED WITH HIS GOD

      • 0tile

        You are saying this because he confessed to be a pastor. I know by now he is regretting the confession. His own case is between Almighty and him, he cannot say he does not know what he is doing. The devil has trapped the man with power and money. For him this is like paku.

    • 0tile

      Osinbajo has nothing to lose by falsely admitting that he signed all the contracts even-though he did not. In the first place he is not running for presidency and will soon be gone. Secondly he watched his boss Buhari swear a false affidavit and nothing happened, rather he watched Imam become president despite the ‘undignifying’ perjury. VP is not likely to suffer any consequences for admitting that he signed when he did not. The most he can suffer is to lose face.

    • Lanre

      I am sure you are joking right? Tell me one indicted Nigerian public officer who has not come out beating his chest. Bode George? Who? Impunity is synonymous with governance in Nigeria, the reason Babangida and Obasanjo are the fathers of the country. Yorubas will continue to pay a heavy price for their union in Nigeria.

  • Dawood

    This “I don’t know” excuses won’t cut it. AT THE TIME THE CONTRACTS WERE AWARDED, did Buhari approve or not? Simple question. If not, heads must roll, and contracts must be cancelled. Oya, PT, get to work.

    • 0tile

      Do you know whether he signed when he was almost in coma and did not understand what he was signing? What do you mean by cancelling the shady contract, do you want to break up Nigeria? The whole contract may be between Buhari and Northerners, that way neither NASS nor any other entity will have the courage to call for cancellation. Omo ronu.

      • Duniya

        0tile, you don’t have to drag Northerners into this matter. Many of us in the North have no idea what the powers-that-be are doing up there. Buhari’s failure is not celebrated even among some of us. Please be more logical in your approach to issues.

      • Julius

        Unlike those documents from Dasuki that Jona signed and later said he knew nothing about them ? Yeah, sure..you are right . smh

  • Akin Falegan

    This is what they call between the rock and the hard place, I feel for Mr. Osinbajo. The man is in a serious mess, to drop this foul ball on his lap speaks volume of the people ruling Nigeria now. It is obvious that Mr. Osinbajo knows nothing about this behind the door deal but he has been chosen to be the fall guy. His integrity is at stake here, if he lies and say he did it he will be sinning against God and man, if he refuse to lie to cover his boss he is in trouble with Buhari and the cabal. Mr. VP it is too late to deny the existence of a cabal now as you did sometimes ago. Please don’t squander your integrity to please anyone.

    The man need serious counsel, but here is my little counsel to him, the chief priest and Sanhedrin in the book of Acts commanded the apostles not to testify of Jesus Christ as the risen Lord and savior. While Jesus already commissioned and commanded them to testify to His name. The apostles answered them (Chief priest & Sanhedrin) that they cannot but obey God, that they would keep telling what they know to be true that Jesus resurrected from the dead and He is the messiah. That decision eventual cost virtually all the apostles their lives, the decision is the bedrock for the propagation and spread of Christianity.

    Every hero or heroine of the bible always get to a point to either side with the truth of God or compromise. Mr. VP your test of integrity has come. You know the truth and God knows too. I hope you will do the right thing. All Buhari need to do is to be honest, faithful to the constitution, truthful and discipline enough to deal with the mess in NNPC, instead of putting you in this ignoble position. Rubber has meet the road, let’s here you sir Mr. VP.

    • Someone

      what serious counsel????

      he either speaks or he doesn’t. he has spokesman.
      the fact that they have no comment is worrying.

      this is a job for NASS to investigate the entire nnpc scandal, and ask everyone.

  • Someone

    el-rufai thinks he can run for president, nigerians will vote for him. he is out of his mind. there are better nigerians with better qualifications than him, many. no one will vote for this man.

  • Someone

    el-rufai thinks he can run for president, nigerians will vote for him. he is out of his mind. there are better nigerians with better qualifications than him, many. no one will vote for this man…

  • Someone

    el-rufai thinks he can run for president, nigerians will vote for him. he is out of his mind. there are better nigerians with better qualifications than him, many. no one will vote for this man.

    • Someone

      wasn’t elrufai that said on video that yaradua is in the grave for challenging him.
      scare tactics or he’s a killer

  • Dele Awogbeoba

    If in fact Mr Osinbajo approved the contract then all is settled and no issue arises.

    If Osinbajo did not approve the contract and this line is the best face saving position for the president and or the “presidency” (aka the cabal), then the Vice President should instruct his people to deny the story especially as the word has come from NNPC and not the presidency because if any thing shady subsequently comes out with those contracts it would be the reputation of Osinbajo on the line and not that of Buhari. If Osinbajo is to take the fall for this, make sure he gets a cast iron guarantee that Buhari will before the end of his last tenure resign the office for Osinabjo to take over with sufficient time for Osinbajo to consolidate his position as leader and win the APC primary with Buhari’s support. Nothing comes for nothing.

    • Someone

      then they will agree that el-rufai must continue buhari’s term in 2019.

      Dele, even you are smarter than el-rufai. you see how they de put these two-face criminals in charge of all of us?

      do you really think any normal nigerian will vote for el-rufai????? the mediocrity becomes too much, then people will revote.

    • 0tile

      Awogbeolosi,
      Your assumptions are always bad. You are presuming that in the end good will come out of evil. Nigeria is bound to lose big by the kind of duplicity you are suggesting as a way out for our brother, Pastor Osinbajo. This man is an ordained man of God with holy anointing on his head. He cannot in good conscience do what you are suggesting for him to do, he will draw the ire of Almighty God. Remember he is not a deceiving Imam. Let him be honest to himself and God, deceiving Nigerians is not the best way to rule them.

      • Dele Awogbeoba

        Politics and the political power is not for the godly as ungodly acts must be countenanced for the greater good of most citizens of Nigeria.

        • Gary

          Igbophobe,
          You see how useless and totally lacking of morality and principle you are?
          Two years after your unrelenting Jeremiah against Ngozi Iweala for not resigning in principle over the corruption of the Jonathan government, here you are seeking ethnic advantage and Fulani-Yoruba parapo to loot NNPC. Your family must be proud of you, sniveling viper.
          I knew it would be only a matter of time before your amoral character would be exposed for the the Book says a bad seed like you cannot yield good fruit.
          Let’s see if Yemi Osinbajo hasn’t yet seen the truth that one cannot serve God and Mammon at the same time; and heeds your advice to become an accessory in the criminality of Barugate.

          Osinbajo is already tainted by association for the mass murder of the Shiites, the killings of IPOB and looking the other way as a government he serves as VP detains citizens without charge and defiance of court orders. Despite being a Professor of Law and church minister.

          Mr. Osinbajo now has a choice to make and owes the Nigerian people an explanation about if he too went along with shunting fur process in service of an ethnic agenda at NNPC.

          • Dele Awogbeoba

            Personal denigration is not a game I wish to play with you on social media (as tempting as it may be). Have a good night.

          • Gary

            I’m exposing you for the snake that you really are. Your fingerprints of ethnic prejudice are all over social media. The jig is up and people should know you for what you are: an unreconstructed Igbophobe.
            You now take ethnic bigotry to a new low by openly suggesting that your kinsman, a Pastor, take the fall for moral if not criminal corruption on behalf of Fulani miscreants at NNPC in order to win the Presidency for the Yoruba in 2019.
            Animal in human skin.

          • Dele Awogbeoba

            Your frustration is glaring. I am sorry that you feel that way. Have a good day.

          • Intrepid

            Evil soul. Now everyone know how satanic your soul is. With the way you have been going about your wretched life, all these years, you are the real FRUSTRATED BIGOT.

          • ikenna

            Bigot

          • AFRICANER

            It is said, that, short people are wicked because they are far from God.

            Osinbajo, declared well over $900,000 cash in his checking account when he took office; Matthew 19 tells us in, “23Then Jesus said to His disciples, “Truly I tell you, it is difficult for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. 24Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”

            Osinbajo either has no balls, or he is complicit in everything that this administration does. The way this $24 Billion scam/scandal is unfolding, the administration is listening to critics, and then make up their story as they go along; they are basically operating from the seat-of-their-paints; putting the cart before the horse.

            Why did Osinbajo meet with Baru, instead of coming out to claim responsibility? Besides, even if Osinbajo or Buhari, approved a whopping 9 trillion naira contracts, they should be held responsible for doing so, because it is definitely a scam.

          • speechtherapy

            Minus the insults to our friend, your thoughts above capture my feelings about Osibajo perfectly!!!!

          • Fairgame

            Very apt comment. People like Dele are the real evil we have in this country. Hypocrites who serve demonic ethnic agenda. As for Dr Okonjo Iweala, God will continue to protect her because she served with integrity. Imagine Nigeria without the Sovereign wealth fund? Imagine Nigeria if the savings were not forced by Amaechi and co to be shared via a court order. Imagine the anti corruption fight without the systems for rooting out ghost workers, without tSA, … the list goes on and on what the woman under the past administration achieved. But ethnic bigots like Dele will continue to spew their hatred but thank God that she keeps getting promoted internationally to the chagrin and pain of people like Dele. So once again thanks for you apt comment.

        • speechtherapy

          ..even when he and his boss respectively advertised their greatest credentials as their high sense of integrity and Godliness? Really what are Buhari and Osibanjo if they do not have their cloak of holiness about them?

        • Julius

          Please, don’t waste your time explaining anything to a dunce. See how he referred to the VP as your brother . I’m surprised he didn’t add ‘fake’ to the pastor. He will do that under another moniker. Keep reading !

        • 0tile

          Just as Adolf Hitler sent millions of Jews to the gas chambers for the greater good of most Germans. Evil leaders always justify their evil deeds by claiming that they are carrying out evil for the greater good of their citizens. There is God oo.

    • speechtherapy

      My friend, what needs to happen for you to accept that high crimes have occurred here? If the VP indeed approved why did they not clarify all this while? What is “Presidency is Presidency” according to NNPC’s response? …and why are you advocating the VP commit more atrocities to cover the already established one? I thought we all wanted a better country brother?

      • Ken

        Correct. The same Vp who referred Baru to Kachikwu cannot go ahead and approve such.

        • Julius

          No, he referred Baru to Mr. Ibe for an approval on personnels, not for contracts approval. Please, go back and read that again.

          • Ken

            And Baru did that? Aside that, what is the role of NNPC Board in award of contracts? Why was the Board set up? There is due process violation here and heavy corruption is involved.

          • Julius

            Yeah sure. You might want to address your question about the role of it’s board to NNPC but, I doubt you will agree with them if they explain it to you.

          • Ken

            Baru did not go to Kachikwu. We know that die process was not followed. The role of any company’s Board is virtually the same. What may differ are the limits. In this case $20m. The Board role is to advise. But was its advise sought? No. Even the idea of taking things to Buhari or him making official comments about Nigeria in London were wrong when we had an Acting President. These are impunities which are corruption. Let NASS probe those contracts, Nigerians would be shocked. Even we have Panama registered companies among the contracts.

    • Maverick

      What about Ignoramus you are. Is Kachikwu a ceremonial minister? Why should he be bypassed?

      • Julius

        Thou I was hoping that Mr. Ibe was included in the decision making about the contracts but, the law governing the NNPC says he doesn’t need to be there for the approval. That law wasn’t made by Buhari or his administration. I’m confused by that too.

        • Maverick

          You believe there is such law?

          • Julius

            Well, I read the other day that some (SANs ) lawyers were also saying that Bru was right and there is such a law. By the way, NNPC also said the same thing. Mi no know oo . I don’t like Baru insubordinations towards the Minister and that nothing to do with the contracts either.

      • Dele Awogbeoba

        Kachikwu is the minister of state a position unrecognised in law under the NNPC Act. It is the substantive minister of Petroleum that matters here.

        • Maverick

          A position unrecognised yet you hailed PresiDunce Buhari for creating it and for taking s position made for technocrats. No wonder the economy is nosediving daily.

        • Maverick

          The problem of Nigeria is not the North but the slave mentality of Yoroba elites who prefer to be perpetual slaves of the north. You’re a typical example!

          • Dele Awogbeoba

            What there. Igbos in PDP are fighting to give the North its presidential ticket so that we may have a Northerner as president up till 2027. Pray tell me who has a perpetual slave mentality?

          • Maverick

            That’s zoning. Not yet about incumbent’s incompetence. If the PDP candidate wins and rules like Buhari, we’ll work against second term bid even if he eventually wins. Yorobas judged OBJ incompetent and worked against his second term bid though he still won; why not for same to awful Buhari. That’s the slavery I talked about.

          • Dele Awogbeoba

            Wake up and smell the coffee. Any core Northern politician that gets to the presidency will rule in the same manner being seen by Buhari and Yar Adua before him. At this point in time, PDP is a SS party. 5 of the 6 govs of the SS belong to PDP. A sensible people would have a SS person as it main candidate with a person from NC (where its highest percentage votes came from in the North as vice) just as APC had Buhari as its main candidate precisely because he brought 2/3 of the North with him.

            As an fyi, The SW voted for OBJ in 2003.

            You guys are naive.

          • Maverick

            Yaradua was far better than awful Buhari! I have never seen a misfit like the Daura dotard.

          • Dele Awogbeoba

            Yar Adua was as Northern centric as was Buhari. Any core Northerner from the core North will behave in the same such way.

          • Maverick

            He never spilled blood! Buhari has killed over 5,099 persons directly and indirectly!

          • Dele Awogbeoba

            because there was no IPOB. Now that there is IPOB, then there will be crackdowns.

          • Maverick

            There was deadly militancy. But he chose a better approach. Buhari watched his kinsmen slaughter over 5,000 farmers who said cows shouldn’t graze in their farmlands. He did nothing.

  • Someone

    looking at all the politicians in nigeria, the only person i think deserve our votes is donald duke. I’m not his supporter, but everyone of them, tambuwal, elrufai, obi, lamido sanusi, etc, are all troublesome people.

    only someone with integrity is needed. even sanusi lamido is busy stealing kano money with protection from osinbajo, after using cbn money to furnish all the palaces.

    • FineBoy

      What was Donald Duke’s achievement as Governor.

      Please be specific and not speculate

      • Someone

        we need people with integrity, there are others senator ken nnamani, current delta gov, not these trouble noisemakers, elrufai and co.

        who will vote for these maggots????? already he’s threatening competitors by saying yar-adua is in the grave because of him.

        donald duke – tinapa resort, unfortunately those after him have turned it into a white elephant project… a dead area. the point is we need people with integrity.

        • FineBoy

          Thanks for mentioning Tinapa.

          What is the economic gains and benefits of Tinapa to CRSG sir?

          Please itemise them, no insults or speculation

          • Absolutely Sane

            He can’t! He is only saying those things to create an impression that the current President lacks integrity. Unfortunately for him, he can never point to any act of sharp practice committed by the man he is trying to defame. It is obvious no money is missing in this case and the issue of wrong approval will soon be cleared.

          • FineBoy

            My own take about life:

            1) Any Govt (all levels ages) that creates substandard jobs for the poor man kids while his are in Europe, Shell, Cadbury etc is selfish and wicked.

            2) most of us commentators critic and run judgement on issues we know little and which we can also not handle. We are mere parrots fanning embers of hate and nothing more.

            3) we must go to the level we see ourselves, first as human before tribe, nation and religion come in.

            We all came from God and to him we shall return no matter the age of Methuselah we attain or wealth of Solomon we acquire

          • Ken

            How do you know that no money is missing? Is it because Sanusi played a spoiler role and told the Nation lies? He said $49.8B thenN $12b and finally $20b. How can a Cbn Governor not be sure of his figures? Sanusi was given query over inappropriate spending of N163b . He quickly shout out to underplay that and the opposition and the press too that. Apc govt is monumentally and fantastically corrupt. It is very glaring. Imagine First Lady crying for probe of N3.2b Aso Rock Clinic fund. What other evidence do we need?

    • Julius

      And Donald Duke is a saint ? Be serious sir.

  • Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan

    Nigeria national assembly, must go it alone and set-up a special investigative panel to examine all the book-ledgers, of capital projects,ledger,oil-export-revenues receipt,monthly recurrent-expenditure ledger,asset-ledger of the NNPC fully in order to unearth what is really fishing in NNPC as NNPC has been involved too much in various shady deals and extensive-malpractices which have been accepted within NNPC rank and file as the official-norm of normal operation. The senate chamber, must recognize that NNPC is a national corporation and not a private organization.It is the function of the Nigerian-senate, to monitor and cross-check all accounting ledgers of the NNPC as a public corporation.

    • Duniya

      This is why the EFCC should be granted independence like the judiciary so that at times like this they can wade in without fear.

      • Julius

        So you think the Judiciary is any better ?

  • Mizch

    The answer to all this rubbish is in your brain and vote come 2019.

    • Absolutely Sane

      Your own brain may not be functioning, but our own brain has never ceased functioning. All in the name of ethnicity and political affiliation, you guys have started raising false alarms and making mountain out of a mole hill. Why not wait a bit for investigation to be established and concluded before you start giving your own verdict.
      An intelligent person, in this kind of situation, will patiently wait to get to the root of the allegation, especially when Premium Times position keeps changing from missing money to wrong approval. Who knows what will come out again tomorrow? What if Prof. Osinbajo come out to accept signing the contracts?
      Something should be clear here, part of the report has it that “For weeks, the changes were not made, until Mr. Buhari returned on August 19. By August 29, Mr. Baru announced the changes.”.
      What message does this part send to the biased readers, who by their reactions portrayed themselves as still suffering from the defeat of 2015 election and eagerly awaiting the downfall of their successor.
      It is obvious that all reactions on this page of the newspaper are not born out of national interest but seeking vendetta. If not, you will exercise patient to see where the story ends.
      However, you will all eventually keep mum, as your first expectation of stolen/missing fund has been thrown into water. And on the issue of approval, you will be silenced when the truth eventually come out.

      • Julius

        Or they will simply move on to another fake outrage over something else. That’s what they do. THank you !

  • Dazmillion

    This will be the litmus test of whether Osibajo is a real Pastor or he is just a fake man of God. Osibajo integrity is at stake.

  • The music is changed when presidency realized the grave consequence of Buhari’s impeachable offense. Premium Times should have slow down on their yesterday post and let Buhari confirm that he indeed gave the approval before making the post. However, Buhari toga of uprightness and non-corrupt is falling off and i wonder what his selling point would be in 2019

  • thusspokez

    The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation said on Wednesday that the presidential approvals it received for two oil contracts worth N640 billion were granted by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo during his time as acting president.

    Well, why had the NNPC not shown journalists the memo or documents signed by Mr. Yemi Osinbajo authorising the contracts?

  • thusspokez

    But for the ensuing 10 hours, Mr. Osinbajo’s office could not confirm or counter the NNPC’s claim despite …

    Nigerians should be suspicious of the story that the government now comes up with. The delay is because the matter is a very serious constitution violation and the VP and President’s men need time to forge a response that is a lie but would extricate Buhari’s role in the matter.

    If Buhari had played no part in the contract, we would have the call-a-spokesperson Garba Shebu insulting everyone, particularly those who accusing his boss of constitutional violation.

    • utolason

      That’s exactly how I see it. In fact the signature of the contract papers would by now have been altered to that of Osinbajo. That’s how crooks and dubious people work.

      • Julius

        lolz, I expect nothing different from you. Funny, ain’t it ?

        • Gary

          Mr Julius the eRat, I see you folks have devised a lifeline to extricate your cult deity from the noose of corruption that Baru put round his scrawny neck.
          So you BMC mercenaries are now singing from the same hymn book that Osinbajo approved the humongous contracts and the Nothernization of NNPC management.
          The same Osinbajo who could not swear in two cabinet ministers for two months because Buhari was incapacitated in London. The same Osinbajo who could not order the release of Ibrahim El-Zakzaky as ordered by the court. The same Osinbajo openly challenged by the sleazy AGF Malami, The same Osinbajo routinely ignored by Malam Abba Kyari, Army Chief Tukur Buratai, DSS Chief Lawal Daura and even the incompetent Shehu Garba.

          That Osinbajo stood in Buhari to go with the Kyari-Baru scheme to plunder the NNPC into the next decade. All because Osinbajo wants to succeed Buhari as President.
          That is the storyline they have concocted and given you hired guns to again sell to gullible Nigerians.
          Una dey try.
          Again, unlike the lead up to 2015 elections when your propaganda went mostly unchallenged, not anymore. Those who know better now present to our people are counter-narrative and question your lies and obfuscations before the public. It must be frustrating for you and Lai that you no longer enjoy free rein nor the complicity of media censorship of contrary viewpoints as you once did.
          We are ready for you. This your new storyline and the kite you’ve made up just won’t fly. Try again.

          • Julius

            lz, I expect nothing different from you. Funny, ain’t it ?

  • Yemi

    I mentioned this possibility yesterday when PT published their not well thought out article that ‘Presidency’ means “PMB”. We really don’t have good journalists in Nigeria.

    • Julius

      Yep but, you know the haters will never believe anything different from their made up narratives. I can bet you right now that if they screen-shot the contracts and posted them for everybody to see that the VP signed them, they won’t believe it. It might even lead to another scandal of fraud to them. Na so oo !

      • whereto

        Very bad news for the rabid haters. Everytime they latch on to something, it gets taken away. I give them credit for perseverance though. It can’t be easy to accommodate so much bile.

        • Julius

          Well, they live on negativity, nothing else to look forward to so, everything for them is tru the negative lense .See what they do when they are proven to be wrong, they either stick with their erroneous facts or move on to another issue while telling you that they never said anything and everybody else is wrong, I agree, it’s a hard, worthless life.

  • Bassey Frank

    “PREMIUM TIMES then contacted the NNPC to clarify whether the approvals
    were granted by Mr. Buhari while on his sickbed in London, but the
    agency’s spokesperson declined to clarify, saying “presidential approval
    is presidential approval.”
    THIS IS A BLATANT LIE. OSINBAJO DID NOT SIGN THE CONTRACTS, JUST LIKE HE REFUSED TO APPROVE BARU’S UNILATERAL RE-ORGANISATION IN NNPC WITHOUT GETTING KACHIKWU’S INPUT.

  • Gary

    Dear Dolapo Osinbajo,
    Greetings. I hope that this message gets to you in these trying times for your family and faith.
    You are now seeing why the followers of Christ are admonished in Scripture to not be unequally yoked to unbelievers.
    Your husband is now being set up and under pressure to admit to malfeasance in order to save the job of Maikanti Baru and save face for Muhammadu Buhari; in the roiling controversy sparked by the whistle-blowing of Ibe Kachikwu about Hausa-Fulani shenanigans at NNPC.

    You have a duty to your marital vows before God to protect him and even bigger one to your faith as a Christian to always stand for the truth and justice; no matter the price or hardship.
    Nobody’s asking you to face hungry lions before pagans at the Coliseum in Ancient Rome. Just that if you know the truth about if your husband assented to Baru’s illegal actions, you have an obligation to stand up for him, even if he’s unable or unwilling to do so himself. Take a leag from Aisha Buhari and speak your mind rather than let anyone rope your husband into mischief just for the lure of office.
    They cannot do anything to you as a private citizen and not bound by the Official Secrets Act.
    Have Laolu or any of your trusted friends pass word to the Press citing “ sources close to the VP’s wife Dolapo Osinbajo, that her husband hat nothing to do with approving Baru’s contracts or appointments at NNPC”
    End of story. That is how you extricate your husband from becoming the fall guy in the saga without having him say a word.
    It is now up to you to decide which path to take: to serve God or Buhari.
    Our common faith is one of Free Will. May God guide and grant you the courage to do His Will.

  • Dr

    The spox of the VP, Akande has now confirmed the claim of the NNPC

  • Akin Falegan

    What is at stake is more than what a lot of people are factoring into these issues. It is totally unconscionable for anyone to try under any guise at all to defend the atrocities of this government or any government for that matter, remember this timelessly relevant words
    “The world will not respect Africa until Nigeria earns that respect. The black people of the world need Nigeria to be great as a source of pride and confidence. Every Nigerian citizen should be made to understand this truth” Nelson Mandela.

    Calling people names because they ask for scrutiny and accountability for public office holders is repulsive. Scrutiny and accountability is a must in democracy for it to thrive and flourish. People must wise up and realize a lot rest on Nigeria as a nation and Nigerians as a people. I believe we are up to the task, but foolishness engendered by selfishness must be jettisoned forthwith.