Nigerians ask Buhari to resign as petroleum minister

Majority of Nigerians who participated in an opinion have called on President Muhammadu Buhari to resign as Minister of Petroleum Resources.

The call follows the fuel scarcity that lingered across the country through the festive season and which is still on in some states.

In the poll conducted by PREMIUM TIMES, 66.9 per cent of the 6,739 participants want the president to exit his position as minister.

Two years ago, the president appointed himself as the Minister of Petroleum Resources but named Ibe Kachikwu as the Minister of State for Petroleum.

Mr. Buhari said he took the step to enable him sanitise Nigeria’s oil industry of corruption through massive fraud and crude oil theft. He pledged to rid the industry of corruption and shady deals.

THE POLL

A total of 6,739 participants took part in the online poll which lasted over a week. The poll was conducted in a way that made it impossible for a respondent to vote more than once from the same computer or mobile device.

The participants were asked a single question: “Should Buhari resign as petroleum minister?”

While 66.9 per cent of the respondents (4,508) said Mr. Buhari should resign as petroleum minister, 24.5 per cent (1,650 respondents), said he should not.

About eight per cent of the participants (581 votes) said they don’t care whether or not the president resigns as petroleum minister.

FUEL SCARCITY

Despite assurances by various government agencies and officials that the current fuel crisis will come to an end, the situation across the country has persisted as the scarcity bites harder.

This made some Nigerians not only experience a bleak Christmas but also forced thousands to sleep in filling stations to purchase the product.

The current fuel scarcity is the third under the All Progressives Party led federal government, with the party pleading with Nigerians to be patient with government’s plans to restore normalcy in the petroleum sector.

The first major fuel scarcity under the administration was between September and December 2015. It witnessed long queues in filling stations while petrol was sold for almost double its usual price leading to an increase in transportation fare.

Another scarcity was in April/May 2016, which led to the fuel price increased by the federal government; from N87 to N145; an act which Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State called “Buhari’s first year anniversary gift to Nigerians.”

BUHARI’S ROLE AS PETROLEUM MINISTER

According to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Act, besides exercising general supervision over all operations carried on under the NNPC, another major role of President Buhari as the Minister of Petroleum is to regulate the conservation and measurement of petroleum resources as well as regulate the prices.

The petroleum minister, according to the NNPC Act, is the Chairman of the NNPC. But upon being named Minister of State for Petroleum, Mr. Kachikwu assumed responsibilities of the Chairman of the Corporation, a development which over time stirred controversy.

In August 2017, Mr. Kachikwu wrote a letter to the president stating that he suffered many humiliating and disrespectful conducts from the Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Maikanti Baru.

“Parastatals in the ministry and all CEOs of these parastatals must be aligned with the policy drive of the ministry to allow the sector register the growth that has eluded it for many years. To do otherwise or to exempt any of the parastatals would be to emplace a stunted growth for the industry”, he said.

The minister said he was being side-lined in the corporation as decisions were taken and contracts were approved without his consent.

Following the turbulence in the petroleum sector, a former Minister of Education and convener of the Bring Back Our Girls group, Oby Ezekwesili, advised the president to exit his position as petroleum minister. She also called for full deregulation of the sector.

“Dear President .@MBuhari of @AsoRock It is not Rocket Science to FIX the Distortion in the Oil Sector. It is the underlying cause of the annual #FuelScarcity.

“It’s time to LET GO of the “politically beloved petroleum sector”. Sir, the SOLUTION is FULL DEREGULATION. Just. Do. It!

“P @MBuhari, unleash the Productive Incentive that FULL DEREGULATION would bring to the Oil & Gas Sector of our economy immediately. Severe the umbilical cord that has tied up the sector in the knots of Politics. Free that sector NOW. End the poor governance & suffering”, she said.

Similarly, Nigerian lawyer and human rights activist, Femi Falana, also called on the president to resign as petroleum minister. He advised that another Nigerian of proven integrity and competence be appointed to superintend the affairs of the ministry.

“Having regard to the enormous responsibilities of the office of the Minister of Petroleum Resources and Chairman of the NNPC Board, President Buhari is advised to relinquish the ministerial position in view of his busy schedule and appoint another Nigerian of proven integrity and competence to superintend the affairs of the ministry.

“If this advice is accepted in good faith and acted upon without any delay it would remove undue pressure on the health of the president and allow him to attend to urgent matters of the state,” he said.


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  • Moses Adewole

    Incompetence has shown on him greatly!!!!!

    • front man

      Trash

      • Moses Adewole

        Tell us his benefits as a minister of petroleum? In his face scarcity is everywhere and nothing has been done. So, the main TRASH in Nigeria is Minister of Petroluem himself.

  • Yego V

    Except for his role with Aisha, Buhari should resign as EVERYTHING

    • Factsayer

      lol

    • front man

      You try buy sorry he can’t

      • Bassey Frank

        He can’t because of his pretentious, sectional, ethnic, religious sentiments in governance. He is not a nationalistic leader.

      • Olatubosun

        Leave that trash jare…
        He doesn’t know what he is saying

    • Olatubosun

      I pity u….
      I think you have been brainwashed

      • Yego V

        How I wish you and your other mumus keep “thinking “.

  • Solomon Brown

    He is deaf to anything Nigerians want anyway. Personally I don’t see him heeding to that call anytime soon until we show him the door in 2019..

    • front man

      He is not deaf and can’t resign now because those wanting him to resign are enjoying free money from bad leaders

      • Bassey Frank

        He is a very bad leader. Those who want him to remain are enjoying not only free but illegal money. Where is Babachir Lawal? Where is Abdulrashid Maina? Who took contract to PMB to sign on his sick bed in London? What rubbish are you spewing from an expired mouth.

      • Olatubosun

        Yes o…
        You are correct guy

      • Solomon Brown

        B.S

  • Infoezone Infoezone

    Buhari has shown that he does not have any clue on good governance. He is a mistake that we will never make again

  • thusspokez

    Majority of Nigerians who participated in an opinion have called on President Muhammadu Buhari to resign as Minister of Petroleum Resources.

    It is a logical progression to demand the resignation of a minister who has proven himself to be grossly incompetent. President Buhari should do the decent thing and sack his minister of Petroleum Resources who happens to be himself.

    Already the implication of the gross incompetence of the minister of petroleum resources is huge and the waves created
    continue to expand. Here is someone serving as the president of a country and yet totally useless in running a ministry, of which he is the minister. Now, if Buhari can’t even run a ministry effectively, how is he qualified to run a country?

    • Olatubosun

      Copy and paste….

      What do you know?

    • grand maze

      With his abysmal failure in the petroleum ministry, does buhari possess the justification to question any other minister on the failure of their ministry? He has not led by example.

  • Olatubosun

    We all know that Buhari is a man of integrity

  • Bassey Frank

    How can he resign? If he resigns who will execute this:

    BUHARI’S RECENT APPOINTMENTS AT NNPC
    – SIGN OF AN UPRIGHT SAINT?
    1. Shaibu Musa – MD, NNPC Medical Services
    2. Ibrahim Birma – Group General Manager, Audit Division
    3. Ahmed Katagum – Group GM Shipping
    4. Kallamu Abdullahi – Group GM, Renewable Energy Division
    5. Dr Bola Afolabi – Group GM, Research & Development
    6. Adeyemi Adetunji – MD, NNPC Retail Division
    7. Usman Yusuf – Group GM, NNPC GMD Office
    8. Bala Wunti – in charge of Corporate Planning & Strategy
    9. Umar Ajiya – MD, Nigerian Products Marketing Company
    10. Muhammed Abah – MD, Warri Refining Petrochemical Company
    11. Malami Shehu – MD, Port Harcourt Refining Company
    12. Adewale Ladenegan – MD, Kaduna Refining Petrochemical Co (dormant)
    13. Diepriye Tariah – MD, Integrated Data Services

    14. Rland Wubare – GM National Petroleum Investment Services

    NOTE: Maikanti Baru – still GMD, NNPC.

    Isiaka Abdulrasaq – GMD Finance & Services

    Alhaji Muhammadu Buhari – Petroleum Minister

    • emmanuel

      No Igbo on the list. No people from the EAST & SOUTH. All you have are people from NORTH & WEST. Whereas the oil resources belong to the people of the South & East. No wonder the Northerners and Westerners believe in ‘One Nigeria’ . There must be some war in this Nigeria because the time has come for resource owners to take back what belongs to them.

    • Gary

      Then add unilaterally setting the pro-North priorities and operations of the NNPC. Not only is Buhari Minister and Chairman of NNPC Board, he also named his Chief of Staff Abba Kyari on the Board. So add Maikanti Baru and his stooges and you get a clear picture of the Northern Agenda and stranglehold on the Oil sector by the man who said he wants to clean the place of corruption.
      Three years after, people are just waking up to question why Buhari made himself Petroleum Minister.
      When finally captured, the infamous American outlaw Billy the Kid, was asked why he targeted banks and he replied: “that’s where the money is, stup*d.” Buhari and his kinsmen put themselves in charge of where Nigeria’s money is.

  • Olatubosun

    Is not Buhari that cause fuel scarcity…..

    The tankers are taking fuel at normal price….
    But petrol stations will inflate the price….
    They will have oil… They won’t sell

    • grand maze

      Slap yourself 3 dirty slaps

  • FreeNigeria

    Buhari wants to take Nigeria to the grave with him. He’s here to finish the hardship he put on Nigerians in 1983. The COW head, brain dead subhuman

    • Policy & Politics [P & P]

      @disqus_vNgNHRex1N:disqus

      …………..(2) Muhamadu Buhari is a clueless incompetent President

      And because Muhamadu Buhari never showed
      any sensible initiative as President of Nigeria, other than increasing the pump
      price of petroleum – also in the year 2016 – by about 64%, inflation soared and
      goods and services cost triple the past prices, as the new petrol costs spread
      through transportation to generators for office work and factory production as
      added costs.

      Today, household debts have ballooned into a crisis of
      unrepayable amounts, with 80% of families owing two years’ rent and full year
      of tuition fees for their children, besides the sundry debts owed to many traders of
      foodstuff and items in the neighborhood. In essence, it is not just about petroleum
      management that Muhamadu Buhari is incompetent, and, warrants dismissal from the
      job. No, Muhamadu Buhari is clueless on all else besides, as a bane and a burden on
      Nigeria.

      • FreeNigeria

        Buhari is a BRAIN-DEAD tribalist and religion bigot. Buhari is not qualified for toilet cleaner, at best, he should be a beggar at a street junction, which I doubt he can still do right. Buhari should not have been born, I guess contraceptive was not known in the North at the time of his birth.

    • Policy & Politics [P & P]

      @disqus_vNgNHRex1N:disqus;

      BUHARI: A clueless and incompetent President

      Thank you for reporting the public opinion poll.
      It could actually be much worse if less educated and poorish people without a
      phone or internet access were personally interviewed and asked their opinion of
      Muhamadu Buhari. Many of whom I have spoken to amongst that majority class of
      poorish class of Nigerians see Muhamadu Buhari as badly unconcerned with the
      sufferings his bone-headed policies inflicted on innocent Nigerians who are not
      corrupt and who mostly live on wages and on profits from small enterprises.

      Buhari had mindlessly devalued the national currency (the Naira)
      in June 2016 and wiped off savings along with trading capital; meaning
      that demand for goods and services slumped in tandem with supply of both, as
      trading capital was cut by over 50% following 60% devaluation of the national
      currency. In effect, poverty deepened. Ironically, honest people suffered the
      most as corrupt people merely became richer by round-tripping their stolen
      convertible currency, usually in U.S dollars, and selling it at a premium of 62%
      higher in Naira terms.

    • Sai Baba 2015

      @disqus_vNgNHRex1N:disqus

      I WILL VOTE FOR MUHAMADU BUHARI IN 2019 AS THE VILLAGE HEAD OF DAURA IN KATSINA STATE

      BECAUSE I DON’T BUY ALL THIS TALK THAT BUHARI IS OF NO USE FOR ANYTHING, I DON’T AGREE!

      • grand maze

        You should wait to see who is contesting with buhari for village head first before voting buhari. Remove sentiments and vote on competence. Am afraid some people lack the requisite competence.

        • ???????¾

          <Hahahahaha! Are you suggesting Muhamadu Buhari may be defeated as village head in Daura?

          • grand maze

            You said it not me

  • thusspokez

    If I am the campaign strategist of any of the opposition parties, I would be jumping for joy for this Buhari’s Christmas gift to the opposition parties, And come the real campaigning, I would ask Nigerians:

    “If Buhari can’t even run a ministry effectively, how can he be trusted to run a country?”

    • Dawood

      So you’ll jump for joy at Nigeria’s struggles? With Nigerians like you, I wonder why we need Boko Haram. This PT’s poll is a phony poll. You put up an online poll during a fuel crisis and you expect responders to say we love Buhari? Second, any online poll is automatically a fraud because paid e-rats unleashed by PDP, Buhari-haters, Biafraudsters, looters, will squash the integrity. Your claim that you ensured that voters only vote once is disingenuous. A paid e-rat has a million ways to get around that. Oil is a looter’s dream gig, and I’m sure one of those looters are behind our recent difficulties and this phony poll. Buhari or bust.

      • thusspokez

        What are you on about?

    • Insider

      Cry me a river Parasite!

    • grand maze

      A ministry is too much. Could he run a cattle farm successfully when the 150 cattle in his farm neither increases or decreases every year.

  • LOVETH

    What a useless and grossly disappointing president. Nigeria has become a laughing stock in the committee of nations. One wonders how we chose. It is unfathomable that a man with so low an IQ and such an under achiever will be elected to lead a nation of highly educated and smart people like Nigeria. What a shame. How did we get here…and how do we exit this misery?

  • KELLOGGS

    Buhari should resign both positions, and give us a refund!

    • Gary

      Not gonna happen…and you know it. So go get your PVC and tell anyone who would listen to you to get ready to vote and defend your votes in 2019. In Egypt the people went into the streets to remove Hosni Mubarak. They wanted democracy and voted for the only viable party on the ground: Mohammed Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood Party. Big mistake, (like most Nigerians made in 2015). So the Egyptian people went back to the streets to reject the Islamist agenda of Morsi in a country with a (ten million) Coptic Christian community dating back to the period of the Apostles of Jesus Christ. The Egyptian Army then stepped in to end the short lived Islamist regime of Mohammed Morsi.
      We face a similar situation in Nigeria today but we can show the world that We, the People, will remove Buhari with our votes at the ballot box, come 2019. Democracy will gain firm root in Nigeria, if the people reject two unpopular governments in succession.

      • grand maze

        Just that buhari does not deserve to finish a term successfully. History should have recorded that for all the atrocities of the APC government, he was impeached

  • Binta Adewale – Kim

    Buhari should resign as president. He is just too daft, dumb and senselessly brainless.
    Despite the unemployment by the living Buhari feels more for the dead and has continued to employ dead people into his cabinent. Which other country of the world does this happen? Don’t politicians and citizens die in the over 200 countries of the world? Why must it be only Nigerian so called president who will make that error not once, twice or thrice? Why? Is there a guarantee he will not continue to appoint the dead if given another opportunity?

    • FreeNigeria

      Only the dead appoints the dead. Buhari is a dead among the living. the worst presiding over the best. Nigeria is in trouble as long as the current political class are lording over us. They are clueless and belongs to the bottom of the pit

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    The best thing is for a law to be passed at the federal level making it illegal for the President to hold on to any Ministerial position or run any parastatal.

    NIGERIANS KNOW THE RIGHT THING BUT THE CORRUPT ONES AT NASS WOULD RATHER FILL THEIR POCKETS AND ABANDON THE ELECTORATE.

    • grand maze

      Good suggestion

      • Gary

        It is my firm belief that is already unconstitutional for a President to wear two hats as Minister and Head of government but nobody had the courage or gumption to challenge OBJ when he set the precedent that Buhari has cashed upon. In the Presidential system of government, a President cannot make himself a Minister and thus answerable only to himself as the doctrine of Separation of Powers shields him from direct summons by the National Assembly.from
        One had expected a more cerebral and competent 8th National Assembly under Dogara-Saraki (lawyer and doctor, respectively). But alas, they have proven to be no better and just as self-serving as the NASS leadership they replaced.
        The Supreme Court exists to to rule on Constitutional issues such as this.

        • KELLOGGS

          Great response.

        • thusspokez

          It is my firm belief that it is already unconstitutional for a President to wear two hats as Minister and Head of government

          It may well be your belief, but it is not true.

          Come on guys, the Nigerian Constitution is online, and can be downloaded in a matter of seconds and cross-checked, all in a matter of minutes. Why the misinformation?

          • Gary

            You are not a Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. Where there is ambiguity in the law or Constitution, it is the role of the Judiciary to interprete or clarify such for the ends of justice and good governance.
            So stop with your nonsensical posturing. Unlike you, I separate my opinions from fact. As I made clear in my post.

          • thusspokez

            Where there is ambiguity in the law or Constitution

            In the context of the current discussion, there is no ambiguity in the law. On this forum, I have presented my arguments and facts to back them. Take it or leave it!

          • Gary

            You have presented nonsense as fact. Neither of us is a judge and any objective reading of the sections cited by Kellog and extant practice of the US Presidential system of government can reasonably predict that it will be adjudicated to be unconstitutional for a sitting President to hold a ministerial portfolio.
            So please YOU CITE where in the Constitution that it expressly gives the President power to make himself a Minister. That OBJ and Buhari did it doesn’t make it constitutional.
            The onus is on you to back your assertions, rather than your silly and ignorant side comments.

    • KELLOGGS

      It’s already illegal for any President to hold a Ministerial position, it’s in the Constitution!

      But when does the Constitution stop a btutal, coup plotter, jihadist

      • thusspokez

        It’s already illegal for any President to hold a Ministerial position, it’s in the Constitution!

        Where in the Nigerian constitution?

        • KELLOGGS

          Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999

           

          BACK TO TABLE OF CONTENT

           CHAPTER VI

          THE EXECUTIVE

          Part I

          Federal Executive

          A – The President of the Federation

          130.

          (1) There shall be for the Federation a President.

          (2) The President shall be the Head of State, the Chief Executive of the Federation and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federation.

          131. A person shall be qualified for election to the office of the President if –

          (a) he is a citizen of Nigeria by birth;

          (b) he has attained the age of forty years;

          (c) he is a member of a political party and is sponsored by that political party; and

          (d) he has been educated up to at least School Certificate level or its equivalent.

          132.

          (1) An election to the office of President shall be held on a date to be appointed by the Independent National Electoral Commission.

          (2) An election to the said office shall be held on a date not earlier than sixty days and not later than thirty days before the expiration of the term of office of the last holder of that office.

          (3) Where in an election to the office of President one of the two or more candidates nominated for the election is the only candidate after the close of nomination, by reason of the disqualification, withdrawal, incapacitation, disappearance or death of the other candidates, the Independent National Electoral Commission shall extend the time for nomination.

          (4) For the purpose of an election to the office of President, the whole of the Federation shall be regarded as one constituency.

          (5) Every person who is registered to vote at an election of a member of a legislative house shall be entitled to vote at an election to the office of President.

          133. A candidate for an election to the office of President shall be deemed to have been duly elected to such office where, being the only candidate nominated for the election –

          (a) he has a majority of YES votes over NO votes cast at the election; and

          (b) he has not less than one-quarter of the votes cast at the election in each of at least two-thirds of all the States in the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja

          134. (1) A candidate for an election to the office of President shall be deemed to have be been duly elected, where, there being only two candidates for the election –

          (a) he has the majority of votes cast at the election; and

          (b) he has not less than one-quarter of the votes cast at the election in each of at least two-thirds of all the States in the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

          (2) A candidate for an election to the office of President shall be deemed to have been duly elected where, there being more than two candidates for the election-

          (a) he has the highest number of votes cast at the election;

          and

          (b) he has not less than one-quarter of the votes cast at the election each of at least two-thirds of all the States in the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

          (3) In a default of a candidate duly elected in accordance with subsection (2) of this section their shall be a second election in accordance with subsection (4) of this section at which the only candidate shall be –

          (a) the candidate who scored the highest number of votes at any election held in accordance with the said subsection (2) of this section; and

          (b) one among the remaining candidates who has a majority of votes in the highest number of States, so however that where there are more than one candidate with majority of votes in the highest number of States, the candidate among them with the highest total of votes cast at the election shall be the second candidate for the election.

          (4) In default of a candidate duly elected under the foregoing subsections, the Independent National Electoral Commission shall within seven days of the result of the election held under the said subsections, arrange for an election between the two candidates and a candidate at such election shall be deemed elected to the office of President if –

          (a) he has a majority of votes cast at the election; and

          (b) he has not less than one-quarter of the votes cast at the election in each of at least two-thirds of all the States in the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja

          (5) In default of a candidate duly elected under subsection (4) of this section, the Independent National Electoral Commission shall, within seven days of the result of the election held under the aforesaid subsection (4), arrange for another election between the two candidates to which the subsection relates and a candidate at such election shall be deemed to have been duly elected to the office of President, if he has a majority of the votes cast at the election.

          135.

          (1) Subject to the provisions of this Constitution, a person shall hold the office of President until –

          (a) when his successor in office takes the oath of that office;

          (b) he dies whilst holding such office; or

          (c) the date when his resignation from office takes effect;

          or

          (d) he otherwise ceases to hold office in accordance with the provisions of this Constitution.

          (2) Subject to the provisions of subsection (1) of this section, the President shall vacate his office at the expiration of a period of four years commencing from the date, when –

          (a) in the case of a person first elected as President under this Constitution, he took the Oath of Allegiance and the oath of office; and

          (b) in any other case, the person last elected to that office under this Constitution took the Oath of Allegiance and oath of office or would, but for his death, have taken such Oaths.

          (3) If the Federation is at war in which the territory of Nigeria is physically involved and the President considers that it is not practicable to hold elections, the National Assembly may by resolution extend the period of four years mentioned in subsection (2) of this section from time to time; but no such extension shall exceed a period of six months at any one time.

          136.

          (1) If a person duly elected as President dies before taking and subscribing the Oath of Allegiance and oath of office, or is for any reason whatsoever unable to be sworn in, the person elected with him as Vice-President shall be sworn in as President and he shall nominate a new Vice-President who shall be appointed by the President with the approval by a simple majority of the National Assembly at a joint sitting.

          (2) Where the persons duly elected as President and Vice President die or are unable for any reason whatsoever to assume office before the inauguration of the National Assembly, the Independent National Electoral Commission shall immediately conduct an election for a President and the Vice-President.

          137.

          (1) A person shall not be qualified for election to the office of President if –

          (a) subject to the provisions of section 28 of this Constitution, he has voluntarily acquired the citizenship of a country other than Nigeria or, except in such cases as may be prescribed by the National Assembly, he has made a declaration of allegiance to such other country; or

          (b) he has been elected to such office at any two previous elections; or

          (c) under the law in any part of Nigeria, he is adjudged to be a lunatic or otherwise declared to be of unsound mind;

          or

          (d) he is under a sentence of death imposed by any competent court of law or tribunal in Nigeria or a sentence of imprisonment or fine for any offence involving dishonesty or fraud (by whatever name called) or for any other offence, imposed on him by any court or tribunal or substituted by a competent authority for any other sentence imposed on him by such a court or tribunal; or

          (e) within a period of less than ten years before the date of the election to the office of President he has been convicted and sentenced for an offence involving dishonesty or he has been found guilty of the contravention of the Code of Conduct; or

          (f) he is an undischarged bankrupt, having been adjudged or otherwise declared bankrupt under any law in force in Nigeria or any other country; or

          (g) being a person employed in the civil or public service of the Federation or of any State, he has not resigned, withdrawn or retired from the employment at least thirty days before the date of the election; or

          (h) he is a member of any secret society; or

          (i) he has been indicted for embezzlement or fraud by a Judicial Commission of Inquiry or an Administrative Panel of Inquiry or a Tribunal set up under the Tribunals of Inquiry Act, a Tribunals of Inquiry Law or any other law by the Federal or State Government which indictment has been accepted by the Federal or State Government, respectively; or

          (j) he has presented a forged certificate to the Independent National Electoral Commission.

          (2) Where in respect of any person who has been –

          (a) adjudged to be a lunatic;

          (b) declared to be of unsound mind;

          (c) sentenced to death or imprisonmen; or

          (d) adjudged or declared bankrupt

          (e) any appeal against the decision is pending in any court of law in accordance with any law in force in Nigeria, subsection (1) of this section shall not apply during a period beginning from the date when such appeal is lodged and ending on the date when the appeal is finally determined or, as the case may be, the appeal lapses or is abandoned, whichever is earlier.

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

          • thusspokez

            What is this? I already have a copy of the Nigerian constitution and opened on another page. I ask for the particular section and paragraphs.

          • KELLOGGS

            Edited down.

            Chapter 6, Part 1, Paragraph 138.

             CHAPTER VI

            Part I
            Paragraph 138.

            .
            .

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

          • thusspokez

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

            This is not referring to ministerial job but jobs outside government e.g., CEO of private or public corporations, Executive directorship, etc.

          • Chukwuka Okoroafor

            But it is ambiguous. There is nothing that specifically says that it pertains to outside government.

          • thusspokez

            There is only one executive office in government – the presidential office.

          • KELLOGGS

            Nonsense. Shut your dirty mouth.

          • Gary

            Rubbish- there you go again. The President is not the Hess of the Executive Branch of government. NOT the only executive. All cabinet members and the bureaucracy are part of the Executive Branch. Stop misleading folks by claiming what you don’t know. Suffice it to say, again, that the Judiciary is the arbiter of the Constitution. Not Buhari, me or you.

          • thusspokez

            Rubbish- there you go again. The President is just the Head of the Executive Branch of government. NOT the only executive.

            The president is the executive, It is therefore meaningless to say that he is the head of his office. Every minister works for him. That is why he can sack any of them without even giving any reason.

            And I suggest that you keep the discussion civilised or be blocked from responding to my comments. It is 2018, and I have no patience for unnecessary and unjustified incivility.

          • KELLOGGS

            You can block people smarter than you, at your own peril; you get to stew in your own ignorance.

          • Chukwuka Okoroafor

            But it is the executive branch and the ministries are all under the executive branch. Does that not make a minister position an executive office?

          • KELLOGGS

            It is NOT ambiguous at all. It’s crystal clear.

            The President is prohibited from taking any other executive post.

            It’s rather unfortunate that this coup plotter is flagrantly violation the Constitution RIGHT NOW, with impunity. What a JUNGLE, what a DARK CONTINENT!

          • KELLOGGS

            It’s referring to both.

            A Minister is under Executive Office.

    • thusspokez

      This will complicate matters for the constitution because technically, the president runs all the ministries except the ministry of justice, but delegates his functions to his ministers.

      But The senate didn’t do a good job: It could have refused to confirm his nomination of himself as the minister of petroleum resource.

      • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

        I prefer a constitutional amendment to that effect. The president may still retain some powers over ministries but MUST delegate the running to a minister who MUST be confirmed by the Senate.

        USING LEGISLATIVE MEANS TO DELAY APPOINTMENTS ALWAYS OBSTRUCT THE SMOOTH FUNCTIONING OF GOVERNMENT, IT SHOULD BE A LAST RESORT.

        • thusspokez

          The president may appoint the ministers but must delegate the running to a minister who must be confirmed by the Senate.

          It can’t be done. All the ministers work for the president. They are his staff — not elected. It would be unconstitutional to strip the president of his powers and ability to run any ministry by himself or delegate it to someone else.

          USING LEGISLATIVE MEANS TO DELAY APPOINTMENTS ALWAYS OBSTRUCT THE SMOOTH FUNCTIONING OF GOVERNMENT, IT SHOULD BE A LAST RESORT.

          The Senate confirmation process is enshrined in the Constitution and has been in use since 1999 to confirm or reject the president’s nominations.

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            Presidential powers are not engraved in stone, they can be reduced or increased by the legislature . I beg to disagree that ministers work for the president, they work for the masses, the president is a mere custodian of the peoples authority by virtue of electoral victory.

            THE FACT THAT SENATE CONFIRMATION IS ENSHRINED IN THE CONSTITUTION DOES NOT DIMINISH THE FACT THAT IT IS AN OBSTRUCTIVE WEAPON OF THE LEGISLATURE AS FAR AS THE SMOOTH RUNNING OF GOVERNMENT IS CONCERNED. IN THE USA WE SEE THE EFFECTS EACH TIME A SHUT DOWN OF GOVERNMENT IS THREATENED .

          • thusspokez

            … I beg to disagree that ministers work for the president, they work for the masses, the president is a mere custodian of the peoples authority by virtue of electoral victory

            Of course, ultimately they work for the masses but on behalf of the president. For example, civil servants don’t lose their jobs when a new government comes in, but ministers do. This is because they are political appointees of the president to his office and when the president leaves office, they go too.

  • Otile

    If there was as much money in sports as there is oil Buhari would make himself the Sports Minister. It would look clumsy to see him hold on to the 3 lucrative portfolios of Presidency, Petroleum, and Sports. I don’t think Nigerians would forgive him for that kind of greed.

  • Mizch

    In a land of over 180 million people, one person holds on to two most important offices in the land. That borders on GREED and lack of INTEGRITY. .