The Minister of Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, is a sad man right now over a leaked memo he wrote to President Muhammadu Buhari accusing the Group Managing Director of Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Maikanti Baru, of insubordination and disrespect to his office.
He described the leakage as distressing, saying the memo was a normal internal memo he wrote about the conduct of Group Managing Director.
In the alleged memo Kachikwu reported Baru to the President, urging him to take urgent actions on matters ranging from alleged illegal practices to insubordination.
Kachikwu said he found it pertinent to call the attention of the president to his misgivings because they are capable of hindering progress in the country’s petroleum sector or even reverse recorded strides.
“Parastatals in the ministry and all CEOs of these parastatals must be aligned with the policy drive of the Ministry to allow the sector register the growth that has eluded it for many years.
“To do otherwise or to exempt any of the parastatals would be to emplace a stunted growth for the industry,” Kachikwu warned.
Specifically, the Minister accused Baru of effecting changes in personnel at the NNPC without recourse to NNPC board or the Ministry.
The Minister said he suffered “disrespectful and humiliating conducts” from Baru.
However, Kachikwu said the letter, which surfaced on the Internet Tuesday, was part of routine exchanges he regularly shares with the President about “developments in parastatals under his supervision.”
The spokesperson for the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, Idang Alibi, in reaction to the leaked memo, said the letter was not to disparage Baru but at “improving efficiency and deepening transparency in the oil and gas sector for continued investor confidence.”
Baru had unilaterally on August 29 effected some changes that affected up to 55 key executives at the NNPC.
Baru had said the move was to “reposition” the NNPC and “fill the gaps created due to statutory retirements of staff.”