NEWS: Buhari Set To Appoint Himself As Minister Of Petroleum
Reports just reaching us indicate that, President Muhammadu Buhari is probably going to appoint himself as the new Nigerian minister of petroleum resources.
According to Buhariâ€™s associate, the president would rather appoint himself than trust anyone else with the main source of Nigeriaâ€™s revenue.
A political associate of the president who spoke to Ruters said,â€œNigeriaâ€™s oil sector is so dirty that nobodyâ€™s hands are clean enough to do the surgical changes neededâ€.
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 military leadership of late Sani Abacha and the oil minister under Olusegun Obasanjo, the former head of state has extensive knowledge of the oil sector.
However 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 countryâ€™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 (PENGASSAN) has urged the President Muhammadu Buhari not to appoint any politicians, as the head of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
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