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Monday, November 21, 2016

Northern Cabal Allegedly Reduces Ibe Kachikwu To Ceremonial Head

This report is also about How Maikanti Baru allegedly reversed all the appointments made by Kachikwu and left him to find out from newspapers.

The sound of creek families warring with broken glass depicts the agony in the soul of Ibe Kachikwu. The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources is a troubled man. He suffers the affliction of the politicised technocrat, who, having gained position and power, loses both to internal wrangling and upheaval.

Ever since his appointment as head honcho of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) group’s board of directors, Kachikwu has been embroiled in a power tussle with the group’s Managing Director (MD), Maikanti Kacalla Baru.

As the impasse aggravates, the oil corporation rumbles under the grievous weight of that action and counteraction that symbolises reciprocal struggle of discordant powers.
Sadly, Kachikwu has lost the bitter tussle for dominance and power to Baru, who happens to be the candidate of a northern cabal allegedly led by Nigeria’s first lady, Aisha Buhari. The cabal reportedly sought to seize control of the NNPC at the inception of President Muhammadu Buhari’s radical reforms of the oil corporation.

However, just when Kachikwu sought the support of President Buhari, the latter allegedly deserted him to throw his weight behind Baru. Consequently, Kachikwu has been reduced to an ordinary figure head; the northern cabal has effectively neutered him thus denying him appropriate command of the NNPC and influence in the decision-making process of the oil industry.

Prior to his emergence as NNPC chairman, the northern cabal had reportedly urged President Buhari to appoint Baru to head the corporation but Buhari refused their suggestion and went ahead to appoint Kachikwu. The latter was allegedly nominated for the position by Gen. Theophilus Yakubu Danjuma, who convinced Buhari that appointing Kachikwu who hails from the oil-rich Niger Delta region would pacify Nigeria’s warring militants and douse tension in the delta area.

After his appointment, Kachikwu was “closely watched” by Northerners including Buhari’s Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari; Mahmoud Isa-Dutse, Secretary General at the Finance Ministry, and Tajudeen Umar, a close confidante of Lamido Sanusi, the Emir of Kano and former CBN governor.

After failing to get Baru appointed NNPC boss, the northern cabal hatched a devious plan to perpetrate hoarding in desperate bid to create artificial fuel scarcity and portray Kachikwu as incompetent. After that strategy failed to produce the intended results, the cabal enlisted the support of the first lady, Aisha Buhari, who used her position as the president’s wife to get Baru elected as NNPC boss last August.

Ever since Baru’s appointment as MD of the NNPC, he has been constantly at loggerheads. With the backing of Aisha Buhari and the powerful northern cabal, Baru has been causing his boss, Kachikwu, a nagging headache and sleepless nights.

According to “The lobbyists, mostly insiders who felt threatened, wanted Kachikwu out of the way. He is not completely out of the way yet since he’s still the junior minister and chairman of the NNPC Board. But let’s face it, the way things stand today, the man is just a piece of furniture. He’s not in charge.

If Kachikwu still has any illusions, the unilateral appointments made this week by the GMD, Maikanti Baru, should settle the matter. Baru reversed virtually all the appointments made by Kachikwu six months ago and left his boss to find out what had happened in his backyard from newspapers.

Kachikwu, who is supposed to be junior minister and chairman of the NNPC Board, had no idea of what was coming, when or why.

Baru may argue till the next super moon that he had only good intentions, but that’s the paving stone on the road to hell. How can he possibly defend making such large scale changes behind the back of his immediate boss and the board?

The clandestine way the changes were made has already invited needless suspicions of an ethnic agenda. Out of 108 appointments, for example, 31 (or nearly 34 per cent) are from the North West, his zone.

The South South comes second with 20; the North East and South West come next with 17 each; the North Central, 16, and the South East, 7.

In Nigeria’s ethnically charged math, Baru’s changes work out to 64 appointments for the North and 44 for the South. And he passed over the head of his Southern boss to get approval.

For an administration that has been frequently accused of favouring a section of the country, it should find these changes worrisome.

Insiders in Baru’s office have denied any ethnic motive. They have denied that this was partly vendetta against a few among whom Garbadeen Muhammad, former president of the Nigerian Guild of Editors and Kachikwu appointee, is the poster victim.

But the question is, why were the changes done behind the back of the junior minister and the board? And why is the announcement coming 24 hours before the inauguration of the board?

I don’t know how much longer he is willing to put up with being kicked around, but this is clearly Kachikwu’s moment of truth.

If he can be moved to a largely ceremonial position without a reason; if NNPC’s pump price changes can be made without his knowledge, and if appointments can be made in a ministry that he supervises without his input, then he needs to ask himself if he still has a job.

The real elephant in the room is Buhari approving the changes before Kachikwu found out. It’s yet another sad chapter in the greasy tale of the NNPC, a beast that apparently consumes the reform and the reformer.

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  1. God punish Buhari.every key postion is left for northerners. I can't wait for the next elections.people can't wait to vote him out

    1. Trinity is this how u curse ur father? Lack of proper upbringing.

    2. I don't know what he is still waiting for to resign.

    3. Buhari is a disgrace to leadership!!!
      God punish him eternally!!!

  2. He's just a puppet.

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  3. Buhari you are a disgrace and you wld leave office before 2019. I regret voting for you. I thought you wld b a leader devoid of tribAl sentiments but I was wrong. You wld leave that sit before 2019. No time for rada rada again. America don Chase us so I will face my country now. Anybody who doesn't want d progress of dis country shld b prepared for an untimely death. Because I am getting ready to take this cause.

    1. now una return wey una wan put mouth for this matter abi?
      carry go!
      I dey your back.

  4. hahahahaha Kachiukwu abeg enjoy this buhari change. Na una say Jona no good. Enjoy am jare

  5. Is better for dis man to resign honorable than to be push around by fulani herdsmen like a fool
    No wonder Aisha started crying foul cos things are not going het own way devilish woman that claims to be an angel. Aisha Halliburton

  6. He should resign na!

  7. Good for us,Buhari and his cabal is the worst thing that ever happen to Nigeria

  8. I am tired of Buhari and his cluelessness...honestly.

    1. La effizy Ewu Gambia when you were running mouth like tap supporting a vulture to enter aso rock you didn't know.

  9. Its execrably and atrociously purblind to see a roaring and blooming oil magnate turned into a mere marionette.
    Its piteous and pitiful to see Kachikwu so dumpstricken and stupefied when it comes to carrying out his obligations as a minister of Petroleum albeit minister for state.
    Out of the blue, Kachikwu has become hushed and quiesce or better still apropos when it relates to the barrel of fuel being imported/exported by Nigeria.
    Why not be echt and take the requisite action? Daresay he's simply exhibing the 'Nigerianess' in him.
    More than a year and there's a public vociferation by the hoi polloi for a cabinet reshuffle but Mr presdeint keeps being heedless.

    1. Make d Kachikwu resign go house. The shame too much

  10. Why can't Buhari just get it? Why can't our leaders ask themselves what made Mandela great? Can we not get a leader in the mould of mandela who rose above so many pettiness to become great. Everywhere in the world Mandela is celebrated even in death.

    I thought when one gets old he sees life at a higher pespective.

    When will my country get a good but also strong man or woman as her president? I think time has come for the youths especially to rise up and take our destinies in our hands. Come out and vote but we don't, even when we do we end up voting along ethnic or religious lines.

    Buhari should really ask himself how he wants to be remembered when he is gone. Will you be remembered as the president who gave every nigerian a sense of belonging?

  11. Buhari will die next year

  12. Ibe Kachukwu has no clue, he is the one that messed himself up. Everything about him is running after women . Tell me one thing he has achieved? Even before Baru was appointed. At his age , sleeping around is still his hubby . So sad.

  13. If i were kachikwu, i will simply tender my resignation.

  14. It is a pity this is a decent man they are dragging in the mud. It just makes other technocrats rethink this "let's make our country great thing by taking appointments". There really is no point wasting ones reputation if one is going to be mingling with all these ragamuffins and so called "wife of the president " and the like. SMH

  15. My gross is, Nigerians hardly resiggn honourably. Yet, after he's replaced, he will open his mouth to start talking abt cabals and being crippled out of govt when he can honourably resign and speak out not to wait before kicked out. But greedinness would not allow him do so cos of what he's benefiting from d post

  16. My gross is, Nigerians hardly resiggn honourably. Yet, after he's replaced, he will open his mouth to start talking abt cabals and being crippled out of govt when he can honourably resign and speak out not to wait before kicked out. But greedinness would not allow him do so cos of what he's benefiting from d post

  17. Very sad indeed.. northern cabal my foot... we are not united in Nigeria at all


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