Of all the ways to go about resolving the conflict between the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu and the Group Managing Director of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr Maikanti Baru, President Muhammadu Buhari has chosen the route of reconciliation. Whether the two men can actually work together amicably remains to be seen.
On Friday, at the end of a three-day Nigerian Content Workshop organised by the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board in Owerri, Kachikwu said “Mr President has urged the two of us to find ways of working together to remove doubt and rift.”
Wasn’t about fraud: The minister said that the “conversation” sparked by his fiery letter to President Muhammadu Buhari “has been largely misunderstood to bother on fraud. It was not on fraud, but on governance and suggestions on ways to go about it. I think a lot of people got it wrong.”
Sensationalised story: Kachikwu who wrote a sensational letter himself turned around to accuse people of “dwelling much on issues of sensationalism and leave the main substance. The Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Dr Maikanti Baru, and I are working together as Mr President had directed to move forward.”
He said “Mr President is a decent man and what he wants to achieve in this country is to live a legacy for posterity. He is a sincere leader, so nobody should accuse him of engaging in fraud.”