In case you missed it, the power tussle between Nigeria’s Minister of Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, and the Group Managing Director (GMD) of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Maikanto Baru, spilled into the open on Wednesday when a letter written by Kachikwu to President Muhammadu Buhari leaked to the public.
In the letter, Kachikwu accused Baru of several things, but the gravest was that Baru awarded $25 billion contracts without following due process.
We wrote a piece on the ten takeaways from Kachikwu’s letter which you can read HERE.
Another important revelation: Something else which was revealed by Kachikwu’s letter was that the president received it on August 30, 2017. More than a month has passed since. And just like the report on the investigations into the suspended Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, nothing has been said about the letter by the president. $25 billion worth of contract awarded illegally and Nigeria’s famed anti-corruption president says NOTHING.
Enter, the Nigerian senate: On Wednesday, the Nigerian senate decided to step in and fill the void created by Buhari’s silence. The senate may not be the most reliable anti-corruption partner based on its antecedents but it considered Kachikwu’s allegations weighty enough to warrant an investigation – unlike Pres. Buhari.
Special ad-hoc committee: Senate President, Abubakar Bukola Saraki, constituted a special committee to probe allegations against the NNPC’s GMD. Chaired by former Sokoto governor, Aliyu Wamakko, the committee comprises of Senators Tayo Alasuadura, Kabiru Marafa, Albert Akpan Bassey, Samuel Anyanwu, Ahmed Ogembe, Rose Oko and Baba Kaka Garbai.
Motion: The key players during the discussion were:
- Sen. Samuel Anyanwu (Imo East) who moved a motion entitled “Allegation of corruption against NNPC Trading: Time to conduct a holistic investigation.”
- Sen. Kabiru Marafa (Zamfara Central) who amended the above motion to include investigation of the NNPC GMD over reports of wide spread award of contracts without recourse to the law.