My memo against Baru was misunderstood – Kachikwu; My memo was not to disparage Baru but to improve efficiency – Kachikwu; My memo: Buhari told Baru & I to work together & move forward . . .
Minister of State, Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, on Friday for the first time clarified his meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari on his leaked internal memo against the GMD of NNPC, Dr. Maikanti Baru. It will be recalled that Dr. Kachikwu in a memo dated August 30, 2017 and addressed to Buhari, accused Dr. Baru of insubordination and awarding a $25billion contract without due process. On October 6th, Buhari had a meeting with Kachikwu over the controversial memo. Speaking to newsmen at the end of a three-day Nigerian content workshop organized by the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board in Imo Dr. Kachikwu clarified the meeting with Buhari in Aso Rock, Abuja.
The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, has described as “distressing,” the circulation of an internal memo he wrote to President Muhammadu Buhari about the conduct of Group Managing Director of NNPC, Dr. Maikanti Baru. Dr. Kachikwu said the memo, 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 minister conveyed the reaction through the spokesperson for the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, Idang Alibi. Mr. Alibi said the letter was aimed not at disparaging Dr. Baru but at “improving efficiency and deepening transparency in the oil and gas sector for continued investor confidence.”
“The conversation has been largely misunderstood to border on fraud. It was not on fraud, but on governance and suggestions on ways to go about it. I think a lot of people got it wrong. People dwell much on issues of sensationalism and leave the main substance. The Group Managing Director of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, Dr. Maikanti Baru, and I are working together as Mr. President had directed to move forward.
Mr. President has urged the two of us to find ways of working together to remove doubt and rift. Mr. President is a decent man and what he wants to achieve in this country is to live a legacy for posterity. He is a sincere leader, so nobody should accuse him of engaging in fraud.”
- Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, Minister of State, Petroleum Resources