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Furor over removal of Kachikwu as GMD of NNPC

The removal of Dr. Ibe Kachikwu as the Group Managing Director of Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation and elevation to chairman yesterday (Monday, July 4) by President Muhammadu Buhari,  is causing uproar as many rule it as a demotion for the minister of state for Petroleum Resources.

With Dr. Maikanti Kacalla Baru, a Northerner as new GMD, there is excitement everywhere.
The social media has been flooded with emotions…

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  • OOkkoossiissii

    FELLOW NIGERIANS, HERE IS WHY AVENGERS ARE PROTESTING!

    I. THE BOARD OF NNPC
    A. Petroleum Minister, Muhammadu Buhari………………………North
    B. Chairman of NNPC (A Statutory, Ex-Officio position) ……..PMB [Delegated to Kachikwu. Note that NNPC Chairman is traditionally the Minister of Petroleum, in this case, PMB himself]
    C. GMD of NNPC, Dr. Maikanti Baru……..North (Fulani from Bauchi)
    D. PS, Ministry of Finance; Mahmoud Isa-Dutse ……………… North
    E. The following six board members of NNPC:
    1. Mallam Abba Kyari, …North (Chief of Staff; extra eye for Buhari)
    2. Dr Thomas John…South (Director of Sapetro, Danjuma’s oil firm)
    3. Dr Pius Akinyelure….South (Tinubu’s godfather; to placate ACN)
    4. Dr Tajuddeen Umar……………………North (from Kwara State)
    5. Mohammed Lawal…………North (from Katsina, Buhari’s State)
    6. Mallam Yusuf Lawal………..North (from Katsina, Buhari’s State)

    II. THE PS, MINISTRY OF PETROLEUM RESOURCES …….. North (Dr. Jamila Shu’ara)

    III. THE SECRETARY-GENERAL OF OPEC ……………………….North (Dr. Mohammed Sanusi Barkindo)

    NOTES:
    (1) Dr. (Mrs.) Shu’ara (the only female among 12 men!) was to retire on Feb 17, 2016 when she turned 60, but in an unprecedented disregard for Civil Service rules, PMB ordered her tenure to be extended by one year.
    (2) Both Dr. Ibe Kachikwu and Dr. Thomas John are close associates of General Yakubu Danjuma.
    (3) Ibe Kachikwu is SS not SE. Meaning that the SE that produces oil has 0 representation among the 12. The North that produces no drop of oil has 9 out of 12.
    (4) Not a single board member was appointed from core petroleum producing area in their individual capacity.
    (5) During Jonathan’s tenure, the four successive GMD of NNPC were all from the North.