Reports just reaching us indicate that President
Muhammadu Buhari is likely to appoint himself
as the new Nigerian minister of petroleum
According to Buhari’s associate, the president
would rather appoint himself than trust anyone
else with the main source of Nigeria’s revenue.
A political associate of the president who spoke
to Reuters said, “Nigeria’s oil sector is so dirty
that nobody’s hands are clean enough to do the
surgical changes needed”.
The president, who has still not decided on his
cabinet, has laughed off media speculation about
people he will be appointing.
Buhari, having been head of the Petroleum Trust
Fund under the military leadership of the late
Sani Abacha, and the oil minister under
Olusegun Obasanjo, the former head of
state has extensive knowledge of the oil sector.
Buhari has sent a list of 15 special advisors to
the outgoing National Assembly for approval on
Tuesday, which must be confirmed before the
cabinet goes on recess.
The new president has made it clear that he
wants to change the country’s refining sector,
which has declined since Nigeria became
dependent on imported fuel.
An APC source added that President Buhari
wants the refineries to start functioning again.
Meanwhile, the Petroleum and Natural Gas
Senior Staff Association of Nigeria has urged
Buhari not to appoint a politician as the head of
the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation.