A stalwart of the All Progressive Congress (APC) from Bauchi state,
Hon Umar Gital has called on Nigerians not to allow themselves to be thrown into unnecessary emotions and sentiments over the recent feud between the Minister of state, Petroleum Resources Dr. Ibe Kachikwu
and Group Managing Director NNPC, Dr. Maikanti Baru, saying it was
Gital , who stated this while answering questions from the press
attributed the feud as part of ‘’a fight back’’ over President
Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption war and the measures and reforms he is carrying out in the petroleum sector to tackle or forestall all
manners of rots bedeviling that sector for years.
‘’For how long have Nigerians ever heard crude oil thefts, oil
bunkering, oil swap rackets and all manners of stealing, corruption in the sector since this government came to power? There are reforms this government is carrying out that is hurting some peoples’ way of living, just as the opposition party, the PDP can be comfortable for political reasons.
‘’This is the very reason the PDP masterminded this unwarranted feud just to cast slur on the image of the administration and its
anti-corruption war and the reforms being carried out in the petroleum sector’’, Gital said.
Gital reiterated that it is a normal internal conflict that usually
arises in every set-up, be it public or private entities. “I see the whole thing as a product of the competition generated by the present reforms initiated by President Buhari in the petroleum sector”
Gital said unlike in the last PDP administration that NNPC and
Petroleum ministry were used as a ‘conduit pipe’ to siphoned the
nation’s resources, todays NNPC is driven by transparency and
accountability as entrenched by The President through his capable
lieutenants who are the Honourable Minister and the Group Managing
Director. “So when you hear a friction like this, it is normal because you have brains working to turn around the fortunes of the Oil and Gas industry, saving it from the destruction suffered by the industry in the last 16 years of PDP rule”.
Umar Gital added that he thinks there was a communication gap between the two, going by the content of the leaked letter from the Honorable Minister and the subsequent response by the NNPC. “most of the issues in the letter and the subsequent response shows that no wrong was committed but only that the two actors have a kind of communication barrier between them.”
Gital said he sees the leaked letter as a handiwork of the PDP moles within the system who are not happy with the progress achieved in the petroleum sector in the last two years and are trying by all means to give the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari a bad name.
“I want PDP members to know that during the last administration when the former CBN Governor Mal. Sanusi Lamido Sanusi raised the alarm that more than $20 billion dollars were not remitted to the federation account by the management of NNPC at that time, people were called names. I remember that even the Senate committee set up to verify the claims as chaired by the current PDP chairman Sen. Makarfi gave them a clean bill of health.)
“But what happened later after APC took over? Let’s forget about our local investigation findings by our law enforcement agencies or let’s even assume that they are biased as PDP always insinuates. But we are aware that some of the people who stole that money are presently answering cases in foreign countries where they stashed their looted funds. Can they also accuse these countries of bias?”
“These kind of people in PDP will always try to justify the massive
looting that took place under their watch by all means.”
Hon. Umar Gital called on President Muhammadu Buhari and the
leadership of APC to as a matter of urgency, resolve the feud between the Minister and GMD in the interest of the country so that the good reforms in petroleum Industry will be sustained and succeed.