Agbakoba urges court to sack Buhari as petroleum resources minister

Agbakoba urges court to sack Buhari as petroleum resources minister

The lawyer argued that according to section 138 of the constitution, the president is not supposed to take up any paid employment as a public servant, which includes that of the minister of petroleum.

Besides, he contended that Buhari was not screened for the ministerial job by the Senate as required by the constitution.

"I am greatly concerned about the recently management crisis in the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), particularly disagreements between Dr Ibe Kachikwu, the Minister of State for Petroleum and Mr Maikanti Baru, the Group Managing Director of the NNPC, over the administration of the NNPC", he added.

He wrote, "The President Muhammadu Buhari's guests are here in the Presidential Villa".

"I am aware that NNPC provides up to 90% of the revenue accruing to Nigeria".

"I am anxious that the crisis in the NNPC will greatly reduce Nigeria's revenue-generating capacity and will affect the revenue distributable to federal, state and local governments in Nigeria".

The former NBA President is asking the court for an Order restraining the President from continuing to hold the office of Minister of Petroleum, while in office as President of Nigeria. This will gravely affect development nationwide and drastically impact on and all Nigerians including those in Anambra State (my state of origin) and Lagos State (my state of residence).

The respondent in the suit is the Attorney General of the Federation.

The court is yet to fix a date for hearing of the suit.

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