The national leader of the All Progressives Congress APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, yesterday lashed out at the minister of state for petroleum resources, Ibe kachikwu on a statement he made to the Senate House correspondents on Wednesday stating that despite the government efforts the fuel scarcity might not improve till the next two months. He stated that he was not a magician and did not have a magic wand to eliminate the fuel queues.
The resulting statement got a lot of angry responses from various segments of the society and which the APC still remained silent about.
It didn’t take so long however for the National leader of the All Progressive Congress Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu to respond to his statement. The former Governor of Lagos state responded yesterday by saying “Kachikwu needs to know that respect and good performance will do what magic cannot.”
The former Lagos State governor in the statement which he personally signed said: “Much public ire has been drawn to the statement made by Minister of State Ibe Kachikwu that he was not trained as a magician and that basically Nigerians should count themselves fortunate that the NNPC under his stewardship has been able to bring in the amount of petrol fuel it is currently doing.
He also stated that whether or not the statement by kachikwu was a joke or it wasn’t, the utterance didn’t sit well with the Nigerian people. The former Lagos State Governor in the statement which he personally signed said. “They were as right to feel insulted as the minister was wrong to have said such a thing”.
However, this controversy has been understood by some to be connected with the with the appointment of Onikepo Animashaun as GM, Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC). The controversy was said to have started when Onikepo Animashaun got recommendation by both former vice-presidential candidate APC Tunde Bakare, and former Governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Fashola, without reference to him before being appointed.
He was said to have told Kachikwu to to revoke the appointment but the minister told him that it was a bit too late in the day to do that as Lagos State government as Animashaun got recommendation by prominent individuals from Lagos state and no objection was raised to her appointment and that if they do, then the NNPC management would reconsider her appointment.
When the matter got to President Buhari, he maintained that anybody who was appointed by due process can only be removed by due process and not because of opposition from individuals.
Following the statement made by the president, Lagos State government then wrote a letter to NNPC saying it did not support Animashaun’s appointment. Animashaun countered this act quickly by presenting a letter of commendation from Lagos State government for her exceptional and meritorious services to the state which earned her an award as one of the best performing permanent secretaries, a development that made it impossible for Kachikwu to act on the petition.
Tinubu was said to have insisted that Animashaun must be removed if Kachikwu was to know peace. So some have it therefore that Tinubu’s utterance against Kachikwu was very connected to the appointment of Animashaun as they see no reason why the National chairman APC, would be so bothered by a comment made by Kachikwu when he had access to lodge his complaints to President Buhari at any time concerning any matter.