Buhari names himself petroleum minister
President Muhammadu Buhari has provided insight into what his ministerial list looks like.
He stated categorically that he will head the Ministry of Petroleum Resources in the new cabinet.
The president, however, added that he will appoint a minister of state for the ministry.
This was revealed while addressing some selected reporters in New York on Tuesday, after addressing a Global Leaders’ Summit on Countering ISIL and Violent Extremism, he said: “I wil remain Minister of Petroleum.
“I will appoint a minister of State for Petroleum”.
In his opinion, this step is being taken as part of efforts to sanitise Nigeria’s oil industry which is said to be plagued by corruption, massive fraud, and crude oil theft.
President Buhari restated his determination to sanitise Nigeria’s oil industry and free it from corruption and shady deals.
He said that the first step in this direction had already been taken with the appointment of a new management for the NNPC and its subsequent reorganisation.
The President said that the prosecution of those who misappropriated NNPC’s revenue under past administrations would soon commence.
On Corruption, he pledged that the federal government will fight corruption, because it has been identified as the root of all problems hindering Nigeria as a nation.