Senator protects Buhari, blocks Minister from revealing relationship with president

Senator Kabiru Marafa Photo: Daily Trust

The chairman of the Senate committee on petroleum (Downstream), Kabir Marafa, on Thursday protected the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, from answering a question on his relationship with President Muhammadu Buhari as Petroleum Minister.

Isa Misau (APC-Bauchi) had asked Mr. Kachikwu if he had unfettered access to the President.

President Buhari has recently come under fire over the ongoing fuel scarcity.

Majority of Nigerians who participated in an opinion poll conducted by PREMIUM TIMES asked President Buhari to resign as Minister of Petroleum Resources.

Demanding the minister of state to clarify the president’s efficiency in the position, Mr. Misau asked Mr. Kachikwu to explain his relationship with the president.

He specifically demanded the minister state whether he has direct access to the president, or whether his communication are intermediated by a third party as widely suspected.

However, Mr. Marafa who moderated the meeting did not allow Mr. Kachikwu to answer the question, saying it was ‘personal’ and not part of the issue on discussion.

He insisted the minister ignore the question.

Mr. Kachikwu complied by not making any reference to the issue in his responses.

He however gave a hint of difficulty in seeing the President.

“We just started a committee meeting which we started yesterday. We will go back when we leave here to go and finalise. It’s so urgent, so much that within the next one week, we should be getting something to the tip executives approval, includung the outstanding arrears issue that has bedevilled the industry. We will bring up memos and I’m sure Mr. President, this is as important to him as anything on his table right now and I believe we’ll be able to see him and get this done quickly.”

Mr. Kachikwu was, however, unable to state when fuel scarcity will end.

“I know that we have done a lot. The peripheral areas is still suffering a little bit but not as bad as it was. It is important for Nigerians that I’m telling them the truth, I swore to an oath. The reality is that we are doing the very best we can. We are going to get this away as soon as possible.”


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  • MP-001* [Joint Chief]

    It is an insult on the sensibilities of Nigerians, for the NASS to continue to invite a Minister of State to defend issues of critical socioeconomic impact, it is right and very much so that the specific person to Invite is the Minister of Petroleum.These clowns are a joke

    • Suleiman Alatise

      Do they even need to invite anyone? I d

      • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

        The US SENATE HAS BETTER COMMUNICATION FACILITIES BUT THEY STILL INVITE MINISTERS .THE PROACTIVE EXCHANGE IS VERY IMPORTANT IN INVESTIGATIONS BECAUSE THE UNEXPECTED QUESTIONS HELP TO EXPOSE FACTS.

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    The Senate are just beating about the bush, why did they fail to invite the Minister for Petroleum, MUHAMMADU BUHARI ?

    • Julius

      Where is kanu ? Weren’t you the same man that said that the senate has no business inviting kanu and his lawyer because he is a “freedom fighter ” ?..Look at you .

      • M

        Wow. How come everything you say is framed in ethnic terms. It just proves that you are a racist despite everyone having the same skin tone, mixed blood and flat nose. He brought up a point that the real minister of petroleum did not show and you start talking about Kanu who is probably deceased. Shame on you!

        • Julius

          wow my ass..I asked him a question and since you think you can font on his behalf, can you answer my question ? Maybe you should ask yourself why I’m always asking him that same question. By the way maybe you can answer another simple question for me…why is he mendling, talking about Nigerian issues when he said he is no longer a Nigerian but biafraud ? …I’m waiting for your answer and don’t start with ‘wow’

  • Julius

    smdh, how da hell a minister stopped somebody from answering a question at a senate hearing committee ? The senate is weak and everybody know it.

    • Right Minded

      U got it wrong. It was a senator that actually stopped the minister from answering a question he was asked to answer by a member of the Senate committee.

      • Julius

        Then the senator is a clown.

  • Olatubosun

    God bless Nigeria