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Pres. Buhari Confirms He Will Remain Petroleum Minister

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Buhari Speaking at the UN

It’s official. President Buhari says from now on, he is going to remain Minister of Petroleum.

According to Sahara Reporters, the president made this revelation to some reporters in New York on Tuesday, after addressing a Global Leaders’ Summit on Countering ISIL and Violent Extremism.

He reportedly stated “I will remain Minister of Petroleum.” However, he is also said to have stated that “I will appoint a minister of State for Petroleum”.

The report further reveals that Buhari said:

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

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

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

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

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

27 Comments

  1. Fafo

    September 30, 2015 at 7:58 am

    He had to select the juiciest(if thats a word) position for himself all in the name of fighting corruption. I am pro-change ehn but hope this baba knows what he is doing…its been all smoke without fire so far. We are glad power supply is above average though but asides that, Baba deserves A1 in traveling.

    • LL

      September 30, 2015 at 11:01 am

      Hello Mr Biodun A.

    • charles

      September 30, 2015 at 7:17 pm

      What you should be interested in is your country working. You admitted power supply has improved, without any ministers so what else should matter to you?

      A1 in travelling? Buhari has obviously disappointed many of you, as many of you opined during the campaigns, that he was to weak to face the rigours of presidency. If he had stayed back home all these while, it would be a validation to your claims, that he was weak.He is only travelling for the overall good of the country.

  2. Mr Biodun. A

    September 30, 2015 at 8:04 am

    I remember back-when I was in jss2 in 1984, he was head of state. We use to sing ‘we’re the leaders of tomorrow’ that year, fast forward to 2015, he is presido, my kids be singing ‘we re the leaders of tomorrow’ when my set never even reach there. I wish I could tell them how things truly operate. #CHANGE.

  3. Bobo

    September 30, 2015 at 8:32 am

    Good decision! It’s make or break time

  4. Disgusted

    September 30, 2015 at 8:34 am

    Please when can our protest marches start?

  5. michibliss

    September 30, 2015 at 8:37 am

    This “sanitation” is going to be serious. Diezeani, get ready. Baba, the multi-tasker.

    • Chiemeka Ugo

      September 30, 2015 at 11:47 am

      Why are you calling diezeani name. Abeg just shut up. Because she is from the south part of the country that is why you people are just screaming her name up and down including you. Rubbish. Why don’t you mention the former group managing director for NNPC who is from North. For your information the cabal that is destroying this country is from the north and south west. If it was an Hausa man now that was the former petroleum minister, am sure you won’t have the nerve to be screaming his name for corruption. Bubu if you want to fight this corruption crusade start with the regimes of the two former heads of state before Jonathan. That same cabal are the people that frustrated prof bath Nnaji, the former minister of power until he resigned from his position. Also frastrated stella oduah as well. Oga bubu am tired of hearing this your I will do this and that story. Stop talking and swing into action. This man would be making this useless noise 4 years will just pass and he will not do anything. Then it will dwell on Nigerians. Start implementing reforms that will move the country forward n stop dragging us back. Oya occupy the petroleum, finance and power ministry as well. Rubbish

    • SugaMama

      September 30, 2015 at 6:28 pm

      People like you are the reason why Nigeria is still struggling to really be integrated. Didn’t Diezani occupy said position that he has chosen to take on himself? Wasn’t her tenure plagued by accusations of severe corruption. Yet her name is called and you play the tribal card.
      If you’re going to talk about corruption, look at the accused individuals and not the tribes. You’re the one carrying that tribe issue on top of your head abeg.

  6. Lettheblindeyesopen

    September 30, 2015 at 8:43 am

    Their plan is unfolding.

  7. HerExcellence

    September 30, 2015 at 8:45 am

    na waa o…only u one Mr.President.
    which way Naija?

  8. Thisiscorruption.

    September 30, 2015 at 9:00 am

    This is so morally reprehensible. This is immoral. There is absolutely no reason nor excuse for this. Buhari is not a saint. He is not the one perfect human being in Nigeria. He cannot appropriate such Omnipotent All-Wisdom and All-Virtue to himself. He cannot use a wrong to right another wrong. As president, he can effectively police the minister he appoints there. He doesn’t need to be the minister unless he has nefarious intentions. Buhari is no saint so he should stop pretending he is the only incorruptible Nigerian. There are so many allegations against him whilst at PTF, and his only defense was to tell Obasanjo that he could not in all honestly say that he saw every single thing or that he signed off on every single thing. He appointed his in-law as ‘consultant’ and ‘consultant’ was the one hiring and firing other consultants and contractors; ‘consultant’ in-law’s contracts were inflated, ‘consultant’ in-law was the one, as a ‘consultant’ operating PTF account. Which bank CEO or any CEO in the private sector worth his salt would give that kind of wishy-washy defense and still be regarded as competent or still have a job? That was a mere parastatal; he couldn’t properly manage, but some blind and deaf Nigerians (and non-Nigerians) chose him as their ruler (not leader). He couldn’t manage the parastatal, without issues and allegations of nepotism and corruption and mismanagement, and it is the ministry he now also wants to control (not manage, he has never shown strong management skills in any capacity he has been in).

  9. Chris Ayo Joseph

    September 30, 2015 at 9:28 am

    It’s sad to know that a country with over 170million people, still can’t find a Trustworthy individual as Petroleum Minister. I wèep 4 Naija
    And i do know that the work load as the President of Nigeria is extremely a big task & already telling on his age. Now, Buhari is d New Petroleum Minister. I still don’t get it!

  10. jummai

    September 30, 2015 at 9:36 am

    Hmmn is buhari trying to tell us he doesnt have anybody he can enthrust the petroleum industry to……. well as long as the job is done.

  11. kelechi

    September 30, 2015 at 10:23 am

    Baba Pls put systems and structures in place ooooo let us not head back to square one when you leave…….smh!

  12. ebuka

    September 30, 2015 at 10:28 am

    You this @fafo ehn,I ve been noticing u. You can like to speak ur mind sha. I will love to put a face to ur comments though.

  13. Chinyere

    September 30, 2015 at 11:22 am

    na wa oh, God really bless naija oh! naija don baff

  14. Esther samuel ibitokun

    September 30, 2015 at 11:29 am

    Is a good thing baba, but u can still have trustworthy person like me

  15. Nancy

    September 30, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    Why is it sounding strange that PMB is taking the position of Petroleum Minister? OBJ did it…GEJ represented Power I think. What you have to be bothered about is if he will do justice to the position he will be holding. I see no reason to rant and wail and be bitter. He held that position before and about to hold it again and all those oil wells inherited by some selfish people will be ransacked…

    I believe in the government of Buhari
    I believe in a great Nigeria
    I believe in Nigeria

  16. Segi

    September 30, 2015 at 12:13 pm

    I’m excited he decided to take on this position, the ministry accounts for ~70% of Nigeria’s Revenue and drives over 50% of market movement. Without having a good visibility of this ministry, it would be quite challenging to make economic policies or plans for the country. Very commendable step!

  17. zizi

    September 30, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    Abeg Abeg I support. Whoever gets the job done. We’re tired of all these thieves! Carry on Mr President. Sai Buhari!

  18. ellen

    September 30, 2015 at 12:57 pm

    I feel there are a number of trustworthy people who can head the position if given the opportunity….i hate talking politics but I feel our president should begin to set his priorities straight and work to make the change he promised Nigerians. With all the trips he ends up not showing up for,frequent witch hunting of the so called “corrupt politicians ” before we know it,4years would be over without a single accomplishment. The only thing I can applaud the new government for is the average electricity supply which I feel isn’t any different from the former administration. Corruption is still on,inhumane treatment by government officials,unavailability of jobs and boko haram menace etc are still the same under the same administration that promised change. I believe the president really wants change but he is not surrounded by the right people and until he starts looking within and stop apportioning blames instead of taking responsibilities for his mistakes we can only dream and hope for the change he promised.

  19. Akaninyene S. Saturday

    September 30, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    When a man cannot find who to trust, it means two things:
    He lacks the idea of what to put in place which can make real criminals serve with honesty.
    2. He is equally not trustworthy.

    Nigerians must know what to expect, please.

  20. Professor X

    September 30, 2015 at 4:50 pm

    I guess when PMB said he would release a ministerial list by end of September, he meant appoint himself. So what qualifies him to run NNPC? He wants to allegedly clean house – can we expect monthly reports on NNPC revenue with him at the helm?

  21. Katy

    September 30, 2015 at 8:22 pm

    For some reasons we only hear from Baba once he is outside the country. For matters that concern Nigeria Baba pls address us first….we have different media outlets here in Nigeria. You can appoint yourself for all the ministerial posts if you want….sanitiser they call you but you rode into power on looted funds….shame!!! abeg make we hear word.

  22. nnenne

    September 30, 2015 at 11:53 pm

    Too much emphasis on oil.
    Can this oil dry please, so that we can regain our pollutes lands and unleash our potentials as a people. There’s definitely more to life than oil.

  23. onechancewaitingforchange

    October 1, 2015 at 5:20 am

    Nigerians have entered one-chance and they are still waiting for change,meanwhile conductor and driver -in-one is the new driving system only in Nigeria. Tell me if you can’t see an accident waiting to happen,I do! keep waiting for your change.

    Sanusi and El-rufai,the problems they will cause in Nigeria can only be imagined.

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