Agbakoba Sues Buhari For Appointing Himself Petroleum Minister


Olisa Agbakoba, a senior advocate and human right activist, has filed a suit against President Muhammadu Buhari before a Federal High Court in Abuja, for allocating the position of the Minister of Petroleum to himself.

Agbakoba, in his suit, wants the court to determine the constitutional qualification of the President to hold executive office as Petroleum Minister.

In a statement issued by his chambers, Olisa Agbakoba and Associates, the activist argued that the President should be barred from taking any paid employment or holding executive office of Minister of Petroleum Resources on the basis of section 138 of the Constitution

He also contended that in any event the President’s appointment as Minister of Petroleum Resources was not confirmed by the Senate of the National Assembly, as stipulated by section 147(2) of the constitution.

The affidavit supporting Agbakoba’s claim states that the determination of the questions are of vital national importance, in view of the governance chaos at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC.

Date for the hearing is yet to be released


  • Chinwe Aguobi

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