Tinubu vs Kachikwu: Presidency Stands Behind NNPC Boss
The Presidency has on Sunday, March 27, risen in stout defence of the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, who at the weekend came under scathing criticism by the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Bola Tinubu, over comments relating to the current fuel scarcity across the country.
Kachikwu, who is also the Group Managing Director, GMD, of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, was reported to have said that he could not perform ‘magic’ in solving the problem of fuel scarcity, a statement Tinubu considered insensitive, condescending and insulting to the sensibilities of Nigerians.
President Muhammadu Buhari, obviously unhappy with Tinubu’s statement, defended his junior minister, Kachikwu, saying the former ExxonMobile chief was speaking the truth when he said that Nigerians would have to wait till May for the scarcity to subside.
Presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, on Channels Television’s “Sunday Politics”, said the minister should not be crucified by anyone for telling Nigerians the truth.
He pointed out that Nigerians were unhappy with the statement credited to the minister, because they wanted him to perform magic, adding that the Federal Government was doing all it can to ameliorate the problem.
Adesina, however, stressed that the truth which Nigerians should accept was that it would take weeks before the scarcity would go away.
“Nigerians will have to wait for a while longer before the fuel scarcity problems will be resolved.”
“Nobody should crucify the man for saying the truth.” Adesina maintained.
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