The Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, a northern socio-political group, has asked President Muhammadu Buhari, to probe allegations leveled against the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Dr Maikanti Baru.
Dr Ibe Kachikwu, the Minister of (State) for Petroleum Resources, had in a memo to Buhari accused Baru of bypassing due process in contract awards, among other alleged infractions.
The ACF, in a communiqué issued at the end of its National Executive Council meeting in Kaduna, on Thursday, the ACF, express worry over President Buhari’s directive that Baru publicly react to the allegations.
“The meeting expressed deep concern over the open altercations between the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, and the Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Company. Dr. Maikanti Baru, over allegations of contract awards bordering on managerial imperfections and acts of insubordination made by the minister against the Group Managing Director.
“ACF had earlier called on Mr. President to thoroughly investigate the matter by giving fair hearing to both parties in order to know the actual facts in the interest of transparency in management practices of the NNPC.
“However, the meeting notes with regret the continued accusations and counter- accusations by the two public officers, which are precisely avoidable and unnecessary, considering the important role of the petroleum industry under their watch to the nation’s economy,” it reads.