Those against Buhari as Petroleum Minister are crooks – Presidency

Those against Buhari as Petroleum Minister are crooks – Presidency

The Presidency on Sunday said President Muhammadu Buhari had not broken any law by his decision to serve as the Minister of Petroleum Resources.

Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu
Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu
Credit: Punchnews

Buhari had while granting interview last week during his visit to New York said he would head the ministry, saying he would only appoint a Minister of State to assist him.

The decision has however attracted criticisms from some people who have argued that the nation’s constitution forbids a sitting President from holding another public office.

Some industry experts also claim that the position of a minister will divert Buhari’s attention from his presidential duties and make him wield too much power.

But the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, in an exclusive interview with our correspondent, accused those he described as “briefcase-carrying crooks” as being behind the President’s criticism on the matter.

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Shehu said because the said crooks were aware that Buhari would not “do deals” with them, they would not want to go down without putting up a fight, hence the criticism.

He said those in that category were not comfortable because the President was bringing integrity into the oil sector which he described as the most rotten in the nation’s economy.

He added that Buhari would also be bringing knowledge to the sector because beside the military, “the oil industry is one other area where the President is very knowledgeable.”

The presidential spokesman said, “The President has a lot of experience to bring to the oil industry. Besides the military, the oil industry is another area where he is knowledgeable.

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“Mr. President also has tremendous integrity which he is bringing to the sector which is the most rotten in the nation’s economy.

“The criticisms are coming from deal makers and briefcase-carrying cooks because they know that Buhari is not a deal maker.

“The deal makers are not ready to go down without shouting because they know that their days are over.”

On the claim that it is unconstitutional for a sitting President to hold another public office, Shehu said all the powers of the executive arm of government reside in the President.

He said Buhari could only be queried if he decided to venture into the legislative or judiciary arms of government.

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“The President personifies the Executive. The power of the Executive arm resides in him. He can only be queried if he goes beyond the Executive arm and ventures into the Legislature or Judiciary,” Shehu concluded

13 Responses to "Those against Buhari as Petroleum Minister are crooks – Presidency"

  1. Christopher Igwe
    Christopher Igwe   October 6, 2015 at 11:25 pm

    What is this thing all about

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  2. Osagie Emmanuel Odigie
    Osagie Emmanuel Odigie   October 6, 2015 at 10:14 pm

    thieves.pmb.abeg carry go.

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  5. Cassiez Louis
    Cassiez Louis   October 6, 2015 at 1:53 pm

    If his being there would bring the required change in that sector which will in turn transform the economic situation of the nation, since for now the recognised wealth of this nation is utmostly derivable from there, then ..GREEN LIGHT all the way PMB.

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  6. Abubakar Ibrahim
    Abubakar Ibrahim   October 6, 2015 at 7:11 am

    D crooks & criminals who’re against PMB as minister of petroleum are lookin 4 a soft hearted fellow whom they can manovoure diabolically or other wise so as 2 continue “business as usual NO WAY AGAIN

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  7. Imafidon Clifford
    Imafidon Clifford   October 6, 2015 at 5:06 am

    Yes i agree with you on that but don’t you think that the issue of security of nigerians life is more important now than oil, so sir kindly advise mr president to do a rethink by being a minister of defence than that of petroleum in that way we the masses will be more happy that the president is more interested in the life of his citizens than there resources.

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  8. Blessed E Eihebholo
    Blessed E Eihebholo   October 6, 2015 at 2:02 am

    Yes they are crooks

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  9. Avwerosuo Everest
    Avwerosuo Everest   October 6, 2015 at 1:56 am

    If not 4 looting sake while should they condem President Buhari.is it no the same work which the minister will do and get paid that the President would do ?

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  10. Oguntunde Adeshola
    Oguntunde Adeshola   October 6, 2015 at 12:13 am

    Who is NNPC?

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  11. Mohammed Samari Aliyu
    Mohammed Samari Aliyu   October 6, 2015 at 12:00 am

    Same to me, president Buhari should be a petroleum minister

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  12. Salawu Oyetunji
    Salawu Oyetunji   October 5, 2015 at 7:42 pm

    I agree, they are because Buhari will block the way of their looting

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  13. Kelvin Solomon
    Kelvin Solomon   October 5, 2015 at 7:13 pm

    You can say that to the gods

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