In Sign of Major Crack within Ruling Party, Tinubu Takes on Buhari’s Minister

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Battle may be over appointment of Onikepo Animashaun, NPDC GM Legal

Anayo Okolie

Amid widespread criticism of the President Muhammadu Buhari government’s handling of the nationwide fuel shortages, national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, yesterday lashed out at the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, in a statement that exposed continuing rifts within the ruling party and the endless scramble among its leaders for sphere of influence in the government.

For more than one month, the public has been faced with the frustrations of not being able to get enough premium motor spirit – the most consumed petroleum product in the country – to buy. This has resulted in long queues of vehicles and crowds of buyers at the few filling stations selling the product. But Kachikwu told State House correspondents in Abuja on Wednesday that despite the government’s efforts, the fuel situation might not improve until the next two months. He said he was not a magician and did not have a magic wand to eliminate the fuel queues, a comment that drew angry responses from various segments of society, but which APC remained silent about.

However, Tinubu added his voice to the criticisms of Kachikwu’s comments, in a strongly worded statement titled, “Kachikwu needs to know that respect and good performance will do what magic cannot.”

It was however gathered that Tinubu’s denunciation of Kachikwu may not be unconnected with the appointment of Onikepo Animashaun as GM, Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC).

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.

“Perhaps, the statement by Kachikwu was made in a moment of unguarded frustration or was an awkward attempt at a joke. Whatever the motive, it was untimely and off-putting. The remark did not sit well with the Nigerian people; they were as right to feel insulted as the minister was wrong to have said such a thing. The fuel shortage is severely biting for the average person. They are forced to remain in lines far too long, for too much time, to pay too much money for too little fuel. This is no joking matter. Livelihoods and people’s welfare are at stake. With so much on the line, Kachikwu’s flippancy was out-of-line. He was basically telling Nigerians that they should be lucky that they are getting the inadequate supply they now suffer and that they should just be quiet and endure the shortage for several weeks more.”

Tinubu criticised Kachikwu’s intervention as “unhelpful,” saying it has caused panic and despair among the public with regard to the duration of the crisis. “It insulted the people by its tonality. He spoke with the imperious nature of a member of the elitist government the people voted out last year and not the progressive one they voted in,” Tinubu said.

He added, “Kachikwu must be reminded that he was not coerced to take this job. He accepted the job and its responsibilities knowingly. He also must remember that he does not own NNPC. This also is not a private company that owes nothing to the public except the duty of fair dealing. He is a public servant. The seat he sits upon is owned by Nigerians not by him. The company he runs is owned by Nigerians not by him. They are his boss. He is not theirs. Power is vested in the people. He is a mere custodian or agent of their will. In talking to us in such a manner, he committed an act of insubordination. If he had talked so cavalierly to his boss in the private sector, he would have been reprimanded or worse. If wise, the man should refrain from such interjections in the future.

“As his ultimate bosses, the people have a right to demand the requisite performance and respect from him. He should apologise for treating them so lightly in this instance. His portfolio being a strategically important one, he needs to re-establish the correct relationship with the public. They no longer feel he is working for their optimal benefit as their servant. Instead, he seems to be standing above them, telling them to take it or leave it.

“For his policies and stint in office to be successful and a help to this government, he must have the support and belief of the people at this tough time. He must talk to them in a way that they believe he seeks their best interest and understands the hardship weighing upon them. He must ask them to work with him and, perhaps, to endure a bit longer but with the knowledge that he is working to resolve this matter as fast as he can and as permanently as possible. That he is dedicated to the position that once these current lines are gone that never again shall they reappear as long as he has any influence in the matter.”

Tinubu said to maintain the confidence of the people and keep their hope alive despite the hard times required neither magic nor training in any strange craft. “It requires empathy, compassion and the willpower to forge a better Nigeria. These must be the common trademarks of those serving in a progressive government, for these attributes are integral parts of the spirit and ideals upon which the APC was founded. Upon such notions was this administration voted into office by the Nigerian people in the operation of their sovereign will to seek a national leadership that would pursue their interests to the utmost and give them every fair chance to live in a better Nigeria,” the APC leader stated.

Tinubu, however, expressed confidence in the commitment and ability of the president to lead the country out of the current economic crisis. “From establishing full security and safety to staking a claim to true economic prosperity and fairness, this government shall salvage our national pride and purpose. Let all of us, in and out of government, never forget this. If we adhere to this remembrance, we shall see that magic will not be needed to bring the progress we seek,” he stated

Tinubu acknowledged the hash economic climate occasioned by the sharp drop in crude oil prices. He said the situation required creative reforms, stressing, “Therein lies the essence of progressive democratic governance.” He said the Buhari administration represented Nigeria’s best hope for the installation of such governance and alleged that the country would have being in a more terrible condition if the immediate past Peoples Democratic Party federal government had continued in power.

Though, he has of late been critical of some of the policies of the Buhari government, Tinubu, in the statement, appreciated the efforts of the administration to right the wrongs of the past. But he stated, “In this effort, there may be no economic matter more difficult to unravel and more sensitive to the pulse of the average person than the current fuel scarcity. Even here I am confident of progress because I know the commitment of the president to resolving this matter. I make no attempt to hide it. I am an avid and partisan supporter of this government and of the progressive policies of the party, the APC, upon which this government is based.

“With that I do reserve the right and the duty as a Nigerian to voice my opinion when I believe a member of this government has strayed from the progressive calling required of this administration. I do this because my greater devotion and love are for this nation and its people. Party and politics fall secondary.”

However, Tinubu, it was gathered, took umbrage at Kachikwu when he appointed Animashaun as GM, Legal, at NPDC. Presidency officials said they noted the unusual public criticism of Kachikwu, who Tinubu ought to know is the minister of state in the Office of the Petroleum Minister, occupied by President Muhammadu Buhari, and that they would have thought that if he had anything against Kachikwu as Buhari’s minister of state, he had all the access to the presidency to lodge his complaints, and therefore found his public reproval of Kachikwu surprising.

A presidency official who said because he was not briefed to comment on the issue, he may not be quoted, noted that Tinubu’s anger with Kachikwu may not be unconnected with Kachikwu’s appointment of Animashaun as GM at NPDC without the approval of Tinubu, given that Animashaun was a permanent secretary in the Lagos State government and a Lagos indigene.

Tinubu was said to be particularly piqued that Animashaun was recommended by Pastor Tunde Bakare, and backed by former Lagos Governor Babatunde Fashola, without reference to him before being appointed. He was said to have pointedly asked Kachikwu to reverse the appointment but the minister told him that it was a bit too late in the day to do that as Lagos State government did not raise any objection or make any adverse comment to her appointment as GM and that if they do, then the NNPC management would reconsider her appointment.

When this was brought to the attention of President Buhari, according to the officials, the President maintained that anybody once appointed after following due process could only be removed by due process and not because of opposition from individuals. Following the President’s position on the issue, Lagos State government then wrote a letter to NNPC saying it did not support Animashaun’s appointment.

It was gathered that Animashaun quickly countered that 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. Presidency officials, therefore, believed that yesterday’s statement authored by Tinubu was one of the first salvos in that direction. They believe so because they wondered why a small comment by Kachikwu on fuel scarcity would attract a strongly-worded statement by Tinubu, a national leader of APC, when he has unfettered access to Buhari to lodge his complaints on any issue.

  • Toby

    Tinubu is a party leader and not part of the federal government of Nigeria. In this matter, as a Nigerian he is qualified to criticise Kachikwu on that horrible statement. However, he has no rights whatsoever on the grounds of being the leader of the ruling party.

    Buhari should rightfully take up his position as the leader of the ruling party and stop being a weakling.

    For the psychologists, Tinubu’s outburst is indirectly targeted at Buhari. It’s time our president understand him better as 2019 approaches.

    Finally some of us predicted that Kachikwu’s mouth would land him in hot water. This is happening so fast though. Sorry brother! They will so smash you under the bus, you never knew what hit you.

    • Goodcountry

      Why Blame Kachukwu? He is not the minister of petroluem. He is just the minister of state. For once let PMB take responsibility.

      • Arabakpura

        PMB was not the one who said he was not a magician! Or you want to copy Tinubu’s style? Kachiukwu’s major fault is trying to listen to himself because he thinks he is slippery and fluent in English! His major problem has been that of talking too much. Anyway, I am sure he will soon shock Nigerians!

        • okenwa

          Has kachikwu finish cleaning the mess and shit at nnpc or you mean GEJ no mess or shit there agin?

          • Daniel

            Is GEJ the problem of Nigeria? Obasanjo as powerful as he was and still is could not solve the problem of this behemoth called a federation on paper.

            If they really want change, they should start by unbundling it. Governance must be decentralised to start with.

            Without decentralisation, we are going to continue the merry-go-round. You cannot bully effective governance into existence.

            I feel sorry for this country and we the people. A wasted four years in the making…

        • taiwo

          You read my mind. He talks too much. Was there any reasons for him to allude to not being a magician? Absolutely not! I think this is a general problem with 90% of Nigerian public officials. Why say with 100 words what you can say with 50%?

          • Daniel

            He is not a politician ; purely a technocrat. I expect him to resign from this clueless government.

            The APC have refused to allow PDP die which means the PDP was not as bad as they claim.

            How long shall they continue to blame PDP for all the problems and yet refuse to look forward?

            Even the anti-corruption has become a daily treatment to some comic show. The government is growing lethargic already in just ten months. No fresh ideas, no motivation, no inspiration. it is all the ruins the PDP left behind, they talk about.

            I guess propaganda has failed.

          • EBI

            Trying walking forward and but be looking backward. See how far you would go. Blame the sand for your immobily? This what APC is doing.

        • Ichele Aki

          My brother PMB has said he is not a magician several times himself in the past. So if magician is the offensive word then Tinubu should have attacked PMB several times in the past. Lai said the economy is beyond PMB. And Tinubu kept quiet. It’s difficult to believe that Tinubu’s diatribe is not tribal considering that Simon kolawole laid the grounds two weeks in Thisday newspapers. Forget any embellishments this whole thing and the ‘change’ is all about oil and the money that comes from it.

          • Arabakpura

            Pardon me then! I was just focusing on the very particular issue! If they want to turn this whole thing into a tribal affair where reason will take flight, I think, we are all ready; everybody has a tribe but some of us have tried to stay away from that for the sake of Nigeria!
            If this Buhari government fails; to which, I have always said, God forbid, it will be good bye Rosa!

      • Toby

        The man’s mouth, I blame. Yes, while Buhari signs the cheques, Kachikwu receives the insults for incompetence of the minister of petroleum.

      • EBI

        If anything. Buhari is to blame.

    • Arabakpura

      “Buhari should rightfully take up his position as the leader of the ruling party and stop being a weakling… It’s high time our president understood him better as 2019 approaches”

    • Daniel

      Kachukwu has all it takes to do well somewhere else. This government is simply clueless.

  • William Norris

    I always said it – no person with self respect should accept an appointment under Brainless Bubu.

    Nothing else to be said…..really.

    • MaskedPhantom

      No, a lot more shall be said. How was your dinner? Was it watery again? The papers reported that Atiku is suffering from running stomach, so his shit must be watery.

  • THE LAW

    Folks, we should not be so politically minded to the point that we lose sight of any sense of accountability and responsibility. Kachikwu’s public statement truly was insensitive and does not alleviate the plight of millions of Nigerians groaning under the pain of fuel shortage. He is the leader of the NNPC and should have guarded his utterance, his public response is not reassuring, and does deserve a public response.
    I do not want to read into this issue, and I am not aware of the political gaming ongoing within the ruling party, however, the welfare of Nigerians is of more importance than any party, APC or PDP, I align with Tinubu’s position on this, and it is not wrong for members of the same party to criticize and correct one another, it is democracy, party alliance should not imprison one’s value.

    • RICHARDSON

      I am not satisfied with the reason you gave for supporting this use of the mallet to slay an ant attack by Tinubu for whom I have some respect.
      Tinubu’s reaction firstly by going public and subsequently unleashing such a low level attack laced with unbecoming language at Kachikwu is, to say the least an overkill.
      Tinubu has access to both Kachikwu and President Buhari that the rest of us do not share and could have subtly registered his views.
      By the way, truth is bitter and Kachikwu told the truth. However, because Kachikwu is not like Lai Mohammed, Tinubu feels so bad that he decides to forego all protocols and do what he did. The problem with such an approach is that there are many Nigerians who do not accept the ‘gutter’ language and mannerism that Tinubu has succeeded in portraying on this matter.
      It just is not right!

      • Edon B.

        I agree with you wholly, for a good father ought not rebuke his son in public. Tinubu must desist from washing APC dirty linen in the public, as He strut himself as godfather of Pmb.

    • EzekielIwa

      Thank you for being objective. I allign with your thought 100%. In addition, In DEMOCRACY, Whether rightly or wrongly, Politics is @ center stage of every

    • Bongos

      You are right

    • UOU

      Which one do you prefe, kachikwu should tell mesimerized nigerians the truth, even if its painful and they get prepared for it, then, if things comes better, they thank God or for kachikwu to tell people, the usual lies, add propaganda on it, for sweetening (like liar mohammed/apc school of thought) and everyone will relax and be venerable for total annihilation, by an incoming storm or don’t you know that the present condition of nigeria, is worse than earthquake, typhooon and tsunami, combined? How can people be so blatantly gullible, even you, Mr Law or whatever you call yourself

    • Iskacountryman

      thank you…i see a virgin in your future…

      • Jon West

        Is he going to be a Shahid and will the number of virgins be less than 72? Why only one virgin?

        • Iskacountryman

          he is an unbeliever that should only be rewarded with one…

      • MikeZen1

        Hahahaha abeg o… You go kill person with laughter! Thanks for that

    • Daniel

      They should fire Kachukwu.I did not employ him. I guess the man is tired of being politically correct on the issues. Buhari is breathing heavily on his shoulders.

      He should take the path of honour and resign from this clueless government.

      Fashola is next in line. He shall be demystified. This is not Lagos, but Nigeria. I also guess Adeosun the finance minister has a lot of respect for Okonjo Iweala now that the chips are down.

      The APC are a bunch of jesters in government.

    • aisha ani

      On point, the ministers statement was very insensitive and he should apologize…better yet let him hire someone to clean up his image.

      • EBI

        No apology. It may sound ungarded but it is the reality. He is not a ‘magician’. He gave time when things could possibly improve. It would not be overnight. If you fire him. You think it would immediatly lead to the solution? No sir! If Tinubu is critical of Kwachukwu, he is indirectly telling Buhari he is incompetent. I new it would lead to this eventually, the moment Buhari annouced himself as the Petroleum Minister. .. the book of APC is still being written – more pages to go….

  • Igodomigo Suleman

    KACHIKWU YOUR MOUTH IS LIKE THAT OF YOUR BOSS ASWEL, BUT YOU HV TO GUARD IT. HOWEVER NIGER-AREA AND THEIR POLITICIANS. I GUESS THE POWERS THAT BE HV NT GRANTED TINUMBU UNFETTERED ACCESS TO MEET HIS FIRST N SECOND QUARTER TARGET HENCE THE SALVO AND TYPICAL OF HIM EXPECT MORE AS THE DAYS GO BY..

    • EzekielIwa

      he talks too much and let out his strategies @ will. I expected him to be more cautious having led a big corp as Exxon Mobil BUT he has not fared well in carrying the public along

  • Jon West

    Finally the gloves are off and the night of the long knives has arrived. Simon Kolawole, politically correct quisling and establishment columnist fired the first salvo last week, when he accused Kachikwu of turning NNPC into a family business, insinuating that the degree of nepotism at NNPC was worse than during Diezani Alison Maduekes time.

    As a veteran of NNPC, I am privy to the fact that the only family business that Diezani did in NNPC was on behalf of Wale Tinubu of OandO and brother of the Jagaban of Borgu via Bourdillon), Kola Aluko, Jide Omokore and sundry Southwest subsidy scammers and oil industry Buccaneers and carpetbaggers.
    The Southwest oil mafia is never comfortable except one of their own is in charge of the very lucrative petroleum ministry. They had expected the Certificateless One to compensate the Afonja political tendency with the position of the Petroleum Minister or the GMD NNPC, for their support that saw him through the finishing line in March 2015. However they were shocked at the news of Kachikwu’s appointment, the first time an Igbo has been given such a high profile position in an “enemy” Government, especially one where the idea of regime change was predicated on the sharing of the spoils with total exclusion of the Igbo.

    The surprise is that it took the usual suspects this long to attack Kachikwu. However, it must be stated that Kachikwu has not learned how to traverse the slippery and murky waters of Nigeris’s zero-sum ethnic and religious politics. He is too flippant for the head of such a serious organisation, perhaps a fall-out of his role as the showman and face of ExxonMobil Africa where he was executive Vice President. The full-frontal attack by the mafia Godfather of Bourdillon is therefore expected as the NNPC has also taken over near total control of petroleum products imports , therefore depriving Wale Tinubu and the other subsidy scammers of financial oxygen and forcing Big brother to intervene with blackmail to force Kachikwu’s hand.

    It is also quite interesting that like Diezani Alison Madueke, a daughter of the oil producing Niger delta, Kachikwu, another son of the Delta is under attack by people who do not produce a drop of crude oil and therefore do not suffer any of the debilitating consequences of its production, but are in control of the business due to the booty politics of Nigeria, where the victors in the Great Genocidal War of 1966-1970 till date, divvy up the oil and gas spoils of that evil enerterprise to the detriment and total exclusion of the owners of the resource. Hence a hairdresser and tailor, Folorunsho Alakija , of Famfa Petroleum notoriety, can all of a sudden become the richest Balck woman in the world(whatever that means, considering she has no visible source of income) on the basis of an oil block given to her by a grateful Ibrahim Babangida for making the hair of the delectable Maryam and sewing those figure hugging designer clothes that made her a national darling, before her untimely death. Folu Alakija did not pay a dime as signature bonus for her billion barrel oil block and like the killer of a previous C-in-C, also became very wealthy by selling her block to International Oil Companies for a lucrative fee and production commissions.

    The history of Nigeria is that of injustice, zero-sum thinking and booty mentality and that is why we keep going round and round in circles, searching for a solution to our debilitating national problems that will be obvious once we seek national justice for all. Kachikwu may yet pay the price and be a scapegoat , but it was always going to happen, since he is not a scion of the scavengers who live off the booty of Niger Delta oil.

    • STEVE

      A well articulated submission. You have said it.I adopt your position as mine. Happy Easter my brother

    • Arabakpura

      Jon West himself!

    • Felix Udoh

      Very apt. There is nothing to add.

    • All these coinage and ineffectual brigandage to untomb the history of marriage of (in) convenience and master/serf relationship between the Igbos and South southerners will not work. The profiteers of the downstream oil & gas sector, are the subsidy scammers like Andy (frog) Ubah, (Fat face) Stella Uduah and the squeaky voice former governor Obi et al who amassed what does not belong to them with connivance of Madam BREAST CANCER, without any tangible and sustainable GDP to the people of the South East. How many jobs had this people raised in per capita in Igbo land? Oando, listed in the NSE, is a Nigeria brand with job opportunities for all Nigerians. Scammers like Ifeany Ubah who cannot be touched with a six foot pole in the financial sector, are the real reason why the queues are still lingering and why it is a herculean task for Ibe Kachikwu to function properly. The Jagaban is a Nigerian with full democratic rights to air his views. Whether there’s in fighting in the APC or not, the Jagaban has worked hard for the party to be compensated and to lead with professionals who know their onions. There’s no gainsaying that the enemies of an Igbo man are the Igbos themselves. Regulation of price of PMS has never worked in Igbo land. The reason why the independent marketers are fighting hard to unseat Ibe Kachikwu just as they did late Professor Akinyuli as DG NAFDAC.The NNPC has instituted a court case, to proscribe independent marketers(majorly controlled by the Igbos), who profiteer from our sweat.

      • Intrepid

        Rubbish!

      • obinnna77

        Drivel.

        • Nkem

          Its like you are obsessed with that word. Since you discovered the word it seemed you have not been able to live without it.

        • 9jaRealist

          Couldn’t have put it better…lol!

      • Iskacountryman

        madame breast cancer?…you must be a very sick person…is that what islam teaches you?…i am ashamed of you…

        • Jon West

          Thank you

        • Ichele Aki

          He has no training.

      • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

        Why don’t you advise you failing brother to proscribe democracy and impose communism,why dont you advise him to do just that since he hates the free market economy so much. Igbo end up richer with such policies which are directed to impoverish them….check history properly.

        All these policies targeted at Igbo businesses will destroy the economy and it has already started to happen,the recent destruction of market places for common buying and selling under different guises and even straight arson like in Kano will put the final nail in the coffin of the economy.

        • Suruchukwu Igbogambo

          Did you notice that sahara Reporters have not touched this story yet? waiting for instructions from the Godfather of Bourdillon I guess.
          Deputy Gov beat up El Rufai and not a pip from sahara reporters. just watch for stories about Kachukwu in the next few days as they will give him the saraki’s treatment. cowards and hypocrites

    • Intrepid

      May your gold fingers never get weary on the key board. God is with you, with the armour of truth on all your ten fingers. I like INTREPIDS like me.

      • Okafor

        Attacking Kachikwu means it’s getting closer to the Minister of Petroleum himself. It won’t be long all the things APC accused PDP will return to them.
        Let the war continue!

    • Freee speech

      Is it only Alakija that was given oil block by babangida that year??? On the list of recipients of oil block that came out of babangida`s office that day, was it only alakija`s name that was there?? So what happened to the others? Alakija stole theirs to join hers??
      It suprises me that you people come here to come and do your ethnic championing, whereas when the elites want to share and loot resources, they know no tribe and all that sort of considerations! Not at all! When Dasuki, a fulani man was looting, the very guy that was incharge of his office distributing all the cash was an igbo man called Ashinze. How come it didnt suddenly hit dasuki that Ashinze was igbo and he was fulani?
      By your own admission, when Diezani was doing her riegn of infamy and stealing the country`s resources blind, she used 2 yoruba guys……ofcos she used several igbos too, but mainly those 2 yoruba guys. So how come trube didnt come between them? Its on here you guys will come and be vomitting all this tribal championing. Since 1960 that we have been doing tribe this and tribe that, show me the good it has done us!

      • akeebaba

        THANK YOU JARE , ONLY A FOOL WILL THINK LIKE JON WEST, IF “”OYINBO”” PEOPLE THINK LIKE JON WEST, NEWYORK, BERLIN, LONDON AND TORONTO WILL STILL LOOK LIKE ABA AND ONITSHA

      • Abia_Man

        That’s why regional autonomy, fiscal federalism, resource control are the way to go. All these intense hatred and fight over Niger Delta oil will be reduced.

      • Jon West

        You are quite right, it has done us no good. However, hypocrisy and sophistory has done us even less good. Why are Yorubas and the North, who do not have a drop of oil, fixated on the oil resources of the Niger delta and the Southeast? Why don’t you
        concentrate on your own resources, like cocoa, shipping, legal practice etc and agriculture and solid minerals?

        Why are the two regions always really afraid of resource control? The Southwest is always at the forefront of calls for resource control, but will always conveniently ally with the North at crucial implementation points, to scuttle policies and conference resolutions on true federalism. I like to call a spade a spade.

        The Southwest is a cesspit of hypocrisy, cant and sophistory and it is becoming clearer by the day. See what happened at all National Conferences, from Aburi in 1967, to the 2014 Conference. The Yorubas of the Afonja political tendency, always allied with the North to truncate implementation of resolutions. They are a really sad lot.

        As for Alakija and others, please note that she was not the only one, but is a good example of the disaster that happened. A driver from Maiduguri got a lucrative oil block too and is today a billionaire and has several private jets; and several other coup plotters, murderers(including the one that burgeoned his C-in-C to death at Ibadan in 1966), high class prostitutes and pimps, but none from the oil producing areas. This is a known fact and you can check with the Department of Petroleum Resources any day. Jon West knows this country like the back of his hands.

        • daps

          Hmmm Yorubas don’t have a drop of oil but Ondo State is an oil producing state via Ilaje? And you are not a good lesson of history or probably need to be told that the Midwest benefited from Southwest Agro-produce as part of an extension of Awolowo dynasty.

          Please stop preaching your ethnic messages.

          • Jon West

            Ilaje oil is Ijaw oil, not Yoruba. That’s a fact.

          • daps

            On whose land? Is the oil not on Yoruba land?

            So because there are Yorubas in Togo, Benin, Brazil, etc, does that make those Yorubas Nigerians?

          • Jon West

            Ilajes are Ijaws not Yorubas. The Ijaws are spread all over the Nigerian coast, but are a very distinct ethnic group. The Igbo in Delta and Rivers are Igbo and any resource on their land belongs to them primarily. Simple common sense.

          • daps

            Simple common sense? Don’t delude yourself. I am an Ilaje and Yoruba and not an ijaw. And before you ask, crude oil is found in my land of origin in Ilaje.

        • Freee speech

          Mr Jon West, for me, i do not engage in speculation. To begin to say the southwest is this and that for me is just speculation. There has got to be a least 1000 prominent poiticcal leaders that have emerged in the southwest over the last 16years of democratic rule. Have they always seen eye to eye on issues? Ofcourse the simple answer is NO. In the last dispensation, some of these southwest leaders were dieh ard jonathan supporters such as Babtope, fani kayode, abati, doyin okupe and co….whilst others in the ACN thought aand did otherwwise. The point i seek to make being, there isnt that homogenity of views or ideas or purpose in the west like you lot make it out to be. What we have is some prominent leaders who take certain decisions at certain points in time that they feel is to their own individual advantage and benefit…and then you call that the southwest. Pray tell me, how any obas in yorubaland were consulted or how many town hall meetings were held before the decsions flowing from aburi were seconded?? So how can you say the southwest in those terms?? Politician and leaders through the lenght and breadth of Nigeria, regardless of tribe are simply selfish..they think not of the common good…never, they only ever think of their kids, their friends and their girlfriends! Not even their tribe! Obanikoro made so much money from the last gorvenment…how many times did he go to the local market in ikorodu to go and say if you are yoruba and from lagos state, queue up here and recieve this 5000 Naira that i got from Jonathan??? So also did Nenadi Usman….I dont read anywhere that she went to Kasuwa in Kaduna to share money to the local Hausa folks there on whose back she rode into jonathans cabinet. Or have you hear that stella Oduah has been sharing money to ordinary and local folks in anambra just for being igbo and cos she got into cabinet and chop money on the back of south east slot??? Ofcos not! Its only their friends and family and those fortunate enough to know them somehow that benefit.

          And in any event, what we have today is the federal republic of Nigeria and in so long as it is still what we have, then the constituent resources in that Geographical location called Nigeria, will still continue to be used for the purpose of the federal republic rightly or wrongly.

          I maintain that tribalism and nepotism isnt Nigeria`s first problem. Sectionalism and biafra and yoruba or this or fulani isnt either. Nigeria`s real problem is that of the insincerity of its successive leadership! Nigeria`s problem has for many years been that of purposeless leadership. Leadership that sought never to lead for the purpose for which leadership was instituted but simply to lead for its own selfish aggradisement.

          And here is how you know…Hausaman ruled Nigeria, Nigeria was not better for it, it was chop money galore, yoruba man ruled Nigeria, it was still the same thing, south-south man ruled Nigeria, the story was not any better. It was always a case of mindless stealing and conscienceless looting and pure and untenable greed!

          I repeat, you have heard of all the looting that went on in the last dispensation, the looters collabrated regardless of tribe or region, If it was the case that we heard that some looters in sharing cash decided to fall out amongst themselves in the process of sharing cash over tribe or stuff like that, then i might begin to agree with all this tribe this and tribe that talk..

          Give Nigeria 500 selfless and visionary men and women to lead it for the next 8years and you will see what would become of it. yes All this talk about tribe is emotive and does raise tempers and all that, but serves no proper purpose in the long run…for even if the country was split into hausa, ibo and yoruba, you would still have those agitations within them..ekiti man will still say that ijebu man is domineering them and so also will the benue man and the kwara man in the event they were to be split into the middle belt.

          So dear Mr Jon West, you sure do have some point, yes when i once had cause to look at the list of beneficiaries of the so called oil blocks a few years ago, I noticed that it was somewhat skewed in favour of some people…but nevertheless, the solution to our problems lie not in the pushing of all these sectional and ethnic agenda. For if the leader of the day that awarded those blocks had been purposeful and visionary, it would nt have pandered or been simply guided by tribe and nepotism in discharging and obligation so important as who would ultimately determine the level of prosperity or poverty in the land!!!

          I believe Nigeria can work, even as it is…if you can infuse purposeful leadership into it…purposeful and visionary leaders, regardless of tribe, is what the federal republic needs , i respectfully submit.

          • Itodo Okey Santos

            You have strong points. But any purposeful and visionary leadership will start with reengineering of Nigeria political and economic structure. The problem is that such leadership is very unlikely to Come from the North or South West. And as long as we maintain this status quo, you can’t convince the likes of Jon west to drop their strong held views.

            Let’s call a spade a spade! This present structure will not produce a better Nigeria. Until the masses across the the country realizes this and pressure these vultures called leaders to dismantle this their present empire and create an inclusive state, we all will remain in this sorry situation in exclusion of those in power and their associates.

          • Freee speech

            Very true, I agree with the second paragraph of your submission entirely!!
            Am not sure how its going to come about, but that sort of Mass action you describe is very desireable. But i maintain that we can achieve that even with the current set up if and only if the leadership, be it the one we have now or anyone we get in future can be sincere, singleminded and patriotic enough as to want things to improve and change for their fellow country men from Zuru in kebbi state through to Nnewi and right through to ikirun in osun state. In so long as thats not the case, in so long as we still continue to have selfish looting leaders, I posit that no amount of restructuring will redeem nigeria! Look at all those south south statees, inspite of the increased revenue they have been getting from the federal government in recent years as compared to the days of Melford Okilo as governor in rivers state, have the ordinary people of those states been freed from thee shackles of poverty?? Are they now better off than they were in the days of Okilo as gov when there was zero resource control?………by the arguement of those advocating the break up of the republic, those people in states receiving increased revenue as oil producing states should be better off, considering that the money has been received from the centre and its local men of their tribe (governors and commissioners) managing it as against hausa/fulani or yorubas! If you are able to tell me that all those people in those states are no longer getting a raw deal, but being served properly by those govs serving them, then your tribalism/break-up argument would overwhelmingly succeed!! It follows that if there is no real attitudinal change and change of orientation of the leaders,…………. if we like, lets break up into 20 countries, we still would be confronted with this massive looting of public coffers thats the order of this day and that makes our country to be so devoid of the development that it badly craves and needs!!

          • Jon West

            Thank you for the response. If you note my take on the Southwest, it is quite clear which political tendency I am targeting. The Afonja (opportunistic) tendency that produced Awo, Akintola, Abiola, Obasanjo and now Tinubu is different from Herbert Macaulay, Adeniran Ogunsanya, Adegoke, Oni Sijuade, Sam Aluko, Wole Soyinka(before he derailed) etc. We know who the patriotic Yorubas are and will cooperate with them anytime there is a consensus that Nigeria will move forward. There are even Hausa/Fulanis who are now tired about the failure of thier Born to Rule and Suffer mentality and may want a change of direction. Until then, it is the responsibility of those of us who know Nigeria to expose the fallacy of national unity and all that trash.

      • Yorubas should relinquish the oil blocks. They should concentrate on cocoa and IGR. Fulanis should concentrate on cattle while Hausas should concentrate on grain farms. Igbos of SS can do oil but those outside should concentrate on coal and trade.

    • Edon B.

      Jon west, you see what I saw! Lol.

    • John Johnson

      You have said it all. May God bless you. Tinubu can no longer fool us. He can no longer defeat Fashola

      • aisha ani

        Hopefully Fashola will not disappoint, the same people hailing him today will start throwing stones

    • Iskacountryman

      cbn and nnpc…we are going to remove all nyamiris…you just wait…

    • Paul Graham

      Who was the oil Minister during Babangida’s regime? If Dezaine did serve the interest of Kola Aluko, Tinubu and others you referenced as South west mafia, who was the President and commander in chief of Nigeria oil when Dezaine held office. If Folorunsho Alakija did not pay signature bonus, why then did cowards keep quite and said nothing? As long as PMB is in charge whoever heads the the Petroleum Ministry will be answerable to PMB and the public. Any Minister no matter his or her state of origin who talks down the public should be cautioned. Until political opportunists, ethnic champions and fronts stops reading meanings into criticism just to protect parochial interests, problems will remain unsolved. We need Ministers with magic wands to turn things around or uncommon Ministers!

      • Ichele Aki

        At least you said answerable to buhari and not Tinubu. Simon kolawole started this so its not surprising.

    • aisha ani

      Please get your facts straight Bola Tinubu and Wale Tinubu are not related, I don’t know if they are business partners but they are not brothers.

  • Eniriches

    Show respect, try to undermine Tinubu at your own peril. Not consulting him is disrespectful, cos the political value of respected Pastor Tunde Bakare is ZERO.

    • MaskedPhantom

      Am quite sure that you pray to Tinubu, and not to God. The level of sycophancy you exhibit here is very nauseating.

      • UOU

        Don’t mind him, tinubu did nothing compared to what abiola did in favor of and alliance, with their master north or even the military, they will soon teach ttinubu, the coward a lesson and his people will start crying again

  • MaskedPhantom

    The worst thing about Tinubu is that he hides his greed and bile behind a disguise of moral rectitude. Clearly, there are deep psycological issues involved here

    • Eniriches

      Greed? Are out of something? Tinubu political machine secured the presidential nomination for PMB, packaged him for the elections and delivered victory to him. Was the PR firm engaged from Chicago, for free? Have you heard of “Boss”, “Old man Daley”,? Tinubu political machine is an isomer of the Daley’s political machine. Before the elections PMB and BAT were like 5 and 6, with PMB seizing every available opportunity to thank BAT for his sacrifice and contributions. He had to suffer the indignity of an odious and defamatory documentary. Consult Fashola, instead of Tinubu at your own peril, who discovered Fashola?

      • MaskedPhantom

        Whoa, have to give it Tinubu. See how he’s turned you into a bleating propaganda tool. Sure, he’s not got you tettered to a Nepa pole, like the goat you are, to sing his praises to passersby?

        • Eniriches

          Mr. Pig. I won’t join you in the gutter, cos PMB, uncouth Fayose and others have said all that is needed, in their birthday felicitations to Tinubu.
          Take it or leave, cross Tinubu and you’d live to lick your wounds. Ask Atiku and Saraki.

      • Festus Oyedele

        Well said. Tinubu made Buhari president, everybody knows that. So Buhari can be grateful or pretend as if he is in his promised land and above him now. Time will tell. Why would Tunde Bakare recommend somebody. A man who hardly supported Buhari during the elections, Wahoo.

        • EzekielIwa

          loooool, There is more than meets the eye.

          Please do your research b4 adding another line

        • okenwa

          Why couldnt tinumbu make himself president since he has the magic wand to make buhari president? If you are sure of what you are saying well 2019 is around the corner.

          • aisha ani

            Politics is a game of numbers, Buhari was the only one that could bring in the votes.

      • Aminu Adamu

        God made Fashola. Talk of discovery…let Fashola n others do to Tinubu what he did to Bola Ige n Funsho Williams.

        • Iskacountryman

          ehm?…

      • Iskacountryman

        and everything costs money…i understand completely…

      • Ehi Ehinomhen

        Wao, BAT? Are those not nocturnal and undesirable animals?

        • Ichele Aki

          They are my brother. They are.

    • Braun

      ‘Greed and bile’. Indeed that’s it.

  • John Christian Alex

    Tinubu should go and ground his dirty ass somewhere far. He knows nothing about petroleum matters and should not distract the minister. There is no time he raises his dirty mouth over any thing that it won’t be because of one selfish reason or the other. Greedy old crook.

    • Victor Odutola Mayomi

      But he had all his working career in the oil industry. Get your facts right.

      • Arabakpura

        He worked for Mobil oil – the people that own filling station; not the downstream people! There is a whole world of difference! He was just a marketer!

      • Daniel

        He can be made the next petroleum minister. Hmmm… Buhari, Tinubu and the APC have no clue on managing Nigeria. You blame the PDP fine. But what you done to even stabilize the system you inherited?

        They are apparently still campaigning. This is impending monumental failure of a quickly-put-together party.

        Nigeria is now an experimental lab for all manners of political comedians and lazy brains…

        • share Idea

          Tinubu thought that Nigeria is extension of Lagos where his words are Laws that must be obeyed. APC is now the ruling party and they have not been able to grasp how to govern even with their Navigator and Mr ‘Integrity’.

          When Nigerians were complaining that Buhari was not making any efforts to setup a cabinet, Tinubu told the bewildered citizens that Buhari was entitled to honeymoon and we should give him 100 days, now, more than 10 months, the whole governance machinery is in total shutdown.

        • okbaba

          From blaming others to blaming one another now

      • Aminu Adamu

        He worked for Mobil Oil Pls and stole their money,declAred a persona non grata,was only pardoned when he became gov n bought 10Billion naija worth of shares thru Chief Pius Akinyelure.Be informed before hurling insults.he worked in the accounts department n was surely no oil industry expert

    • Iskacountryman

      bu he knows the smell of money…

  • augustine akinyemi

    Trying to gag Mr Kachiku and distracting him from optimum performance in his duties will not bid well for the nation, politics or not. Though we are experiencing fuel shortage now, the professionalism with which Kachiku solves the problem and the support given to him by the Nigerian government and its people will be noted internationally, hence my stance that the Jagaban has no direct right to talk harshly to Kachiku over the running of the NNPC; unless he has in place a replacement of neutral political disposition as Mr Kachiku.
    By the way, the Jagaban has not respected PMB enough by directly attacking a Minister of State in the portfolio the President holds, when indeed he has access to PMB to express his worries or frustration.
    Seriously, people are starting to wonder what is wrong with the internal political cohesion of the APC, the party they massively voted for, as some people just refuse to respect decisions of their Chairman or even the President of the nation. Timi Frank’s attack on the Chairman and now the Jagaban outburst are typical.

    • Intrepid

      On point!

  • Tayo Akin

    ThisDay and Vanguard are despicable newspapers, where is the crack in government? A minister is criticized by Tinubu and that is a crack in government, sensational news without sense and lacking in integrity. If Thisday is praying the government cracks, it should pray harder but nothing will crack. I suppose the illegal money collected by the publisher of Thisday that needs be refunded is troubling the newspaper. For Vanguard, Fayose is the hero, what a charade called newspaper.

    • Arabakpura

      If you do not see anything wrong in a so called leader of a political party openly lampooning a minister working for his government, you will never see anything! It’s either Tinubu is planning another merger with another party or he is simply distancing himself from the government that he helped to put together and ultimately looking for an applause from Nigerians! Imagine Buhari being the one that made this statement!

    • MaskedPhantom

      Accordingly then, we should only read Punch and Nation newspapers?

      • jonny12

        punch and Nation newspapers owned by Tinibu himself, i wonder how objective these papers will be in there reports.

    • EzekielIwa

      hmmmmm

    • obinnna77

      You clearly do not understand power and it’s uses.

    • UOU

      Then go back to the nation, punch, saharareporters and premium times, leave thisday and vanguard, for others or is your greed and ejaculation, driving to madness?

  • Olami

    I will like pastor Tunde Bakare to comment on this issues and I will like Jarganban of Borgu to take it easy. He can use his hands to build and also destroy it with the same hands. You are a leader not a destroyer because leaders lead and build a nation for the children yet to come. I am not a politician but I admire change especially the necessary one that we Nigerians are expecting from the ruling party. Or this apc as party will be gone before Tinubu himself will count two. Remember what happens to pdp, the people has power that pdp did realised that later but it was too late. Apc can face the same if care is not taken.

  • Spoken word

    Tinubu is an old fool

    • Tony Oshea

      Obviously he wanted kachikwu to appoint his puppet into the unbundled NNPC,and when that failed , destructive criticism is the next line of action.Buck-Passing and blame-trading is APC game.kachikwu is NOT a politician,but a technocrat, and technocrats don’t lie or embelish.He was his own boss as Executive Vice Chairman.He should therefore be excluded from the political shenanigans of APC leaders.

    • MaskedPhantom

      An increasingly irrelevant old fool. His day of reckoning is imminent

  • Akoko

    “My greater devotion and love are for this nation and its people. Party and politics fall secondary.” What’s all the cry about party supremacy then. Wasn’t this the same argument by Saraki in going against his party’s wish.

    • EzekielIwa

      I agree BUT In DEMOCRACY, Whether rightly or wrongly, Politics is @ center stage of every DECISION

  • EzekielIwa

    ……………..but where is Prof Osinbanjo in the scheme of things. #justwondering

    • MaskedPhantom

      He’s in his office reading the books that Buhari bought for him.

    • Drake Solo

      You mean Vee Pee academics?

  • Festus Oyedele

    TINUBU says “Kachikwu needs to know that respect and good performance will do what magic cannot “
    I say fire the SOB Kachikwu. He really has no clue. For insulting us without an immediate apology he should be sacked. Waiting for Buhari to sack him assuming he is better than Jonathan in administration of his subordinates.

    • jonny12

      shut that trap you call mouth fool

      • Festus Oyedele

        Really you are the real trap moron, Mr jonny12 nonentity

    • okenwa

      Old fool. You fail to comprehend that, that statement you quoted above by tinumbu was indirectly fired to buhari and not kachikwu. Buhari is the only one that lack respect and performance.

  • BobSolo

    Thisday reports on this administration has always been biased…ever since the time the publisher was made to return the loots Thisday has been critical negatively of the administration…Look.. the Minister came out at this time to say he has no magic wand…that was clueless of him…If other in APC are quite to the foolish statement by the minister any reasonable person or organisation will not keep quite…let us be objective

    • GbemigaO

      This Day reported what Tinubu said!

  • Nigeria4u

    Tinubu has degraded himself again by making this statement, he is too biased for blaming Kachichukwu for being open and honest to Nigerians. Buhari is the petroleum minister and Buhari is responsible for any blame in the petroleum sector.

    • Iskacountryman

      but tinubu de fear am…

    • EBI

      He is indirectly blaming Buhari.

  • vincentumenyiora

    The last two paragraphs tell the story clearly characteristic of politicians from the Western Region! It should remind you people about the experience of Chief Samul Akintola with his one time political ‘boss’ Chief Awolowo! Even though the Sage was out of the control of Western Region at the time he (Awolowo) still wanted Akintola to
    take directives from him – it was part of the remote causes/ problems
    political, that led to the civil war – this information is for the youths! I talked about Nigeria’s political scenes and position as engendering ‘Fiefdoms’ for he who dares and here is a typical example! All those criticisms to start with about KACHUKWU, ASIWAJU Tinubu was merely endeavouring to prepare grounds so as to give Mr. Kachukwu a name so as to hang him! The problem associated with petroleum in Nigeria is not knew and was left to grow to this complex position so that, perhaps it is by act of magic – i. e. by superhuman power, that you can solve it really! After all it was exemplary in the king Pharaoh’s house in time of the Israeli to be allowed to leave Egypt – i.e. in the stick act it was a case about super human power lest Asiwaju Tinubu forgets!

    I mean if Ambode Lagos State Governor has approved d appointment as specified in the ‘MoD’ in the Constitution, that appointments should
    be attested by State Governors – you can see part of the flaws in Nigeria or goodness sake why not Asiwaju keep to that proviso; after all he once opon a time approved such appointments! I am sure he did not ask for Alhaji Latif Jakonde’s approval before doing that! You can see what I mean when I said in Saraki’s case thus: If you want equity done to you, you must be seen to have done equity arlier also! And so here lies also the problem of Nigeria whilst outside the corridors of power you still want to exert power – oma see’o Nigeria!

  • ADEDOKUN

    I think the minister is too blunt, though, he said it the way he saw it. You know we Nigerians like being deceived into believing what is not possible or easy to achieve. I am sure the minister must have learn his lesson.

  • vincentumenyiora

    The last two paragraphs tell the story clearly characteristic of politicians from the Western Region! It should remind you people about the experience of Chief Samul Akintola with his one time political ‘boss’ Chief Awolowo! Even though the Sage was out of the control of Western Region at the time he (Awolowo) still wanted Akintola to
    take directives from him – it was part of the remote causes/ problems
    political, that led to the civil war – this information is for the youths! I talked about Nigeria’s political scenes and position as engendering ‘Fiefdoms’ for he who dares and here is a typical example! All those criticisms to start with about KACHUKWU, ASIWAJU Tinubu was merely endeavouring to prepare grounds so as to give Mr. Kachukwu a name so as to hang him! The problem associated with petroleum in Nigeria is not knew and was left to grow to this complex position so that perhaps it is by act of magic – i. e. by superhuman power, that you can solve it really!After all it was exemplary in the king Pharaoh’s house in time of the Israeli to be allowed to leave Egypt – i.e. the stick act it was a case about super human power lest Asiwaju Tinubu forgets!

    I mean if Ambode – Lagos State Governor has approved the
    appointment as specified in the ‘MoD’ in the Constitution, that appointments should be attested by State Governors – you can see part of the flaws in Nigeria for goodness sake why not Asiwaju keep to that proviso; after all he once upon a time approved such appointment I am sure he did not ask for Alhaji Latif Jakonde’s approval! You can see what I mean when I said in Saraki’s case thus: If you want equity done to you, you must be seen to have done equity earlier also! And so here lies also the problem of Nigeria whilst outside the corridors of power you still want to exert power – oma see’o Nigeria! !

  • frankiebabie

    Please this day, what kachikwubsaid was mot a small comment , it was a heavy insult to all Nigerians stinking of negligence. Therefore all what tinubu said was correct. Abi can’t people in Nigeria differentiate bte right 👉 and wrong 👎 any more.

    • UOU

      Mr difference between right and wrong, for your biased mind, tinubu is correct, now my questions goes like this:

      1. How many times have tinubu written to the Finance Minister, for all the fumbling of the economy?

      2. How many times did tinubu write to the Minister of Power, for the complete collapse of, electricity?

      3. How many letters have tinubu written to the V.P, for all his personal, regrettable, denials especially his role on the N5,000 promise and fail, by his master and their govt to chop?

      4. How many letters did tinubu write to, the Minister of Education, alhaji adamu, who said buhari government rightly, sacked the V.C of 13 new federal universities and dissolved their governing councils, without following due process, of which, when they came to their senses, buhari just last week, apologized for that blunder?

      5. Eventually but not the least nor the last since they are numerous to mention, how many letters, have tinubu written to his political son, aregbesole of osun, who has turned his subjects and state into a laughing stock, current osun monthly allocation is a partly N6M?

      There are plenty other begging issues, for tinubu to address, most as priority than attacking kachikwu or where do you think differently hypocrite?

  • Bambam

    Let the battle on Tinubu begin..just cut off his finances..starting with giving oil refining and importation to foreign oil majors liike British Shell..that would weaken the support Tinubu enjoys from the British govt through their spy agency M16..

    When they realise they can get everything they need in the oil industry by been friends with the Buhari govt..naturally they would abandon Tinubu and his mercantilism..The problem he has with Kachikwu is not because of what he said..which is open secret..The Guardian newspaper reported online in March that fuel scarcity would last till May as major oil marketers like Tinubu’s Oando have refused to take up the 22% allocated to them for fuel importation..thereby leaving all of it to the NNPC and causing all the scarcity we seeing now to embarrass Buhari’s govt..so what do you expect Kachikwu to say..tell Nigerians lies?

    The main issue Tinubu is worried about was when Kachikwu said the 22% given to major oil marketers would be withdrawn for non-use..increased to about 45% of the current 445,000 bpd NNPC receives and given to foreign oil majors to import..to guarantee our energy needs..more crude would be allocated to the NNPC which would be refined locally and stored as reserves in the case of crisis..that is what is tearing greedy Tinubu’s hair out..This incredible level of imbecility from Ayatollah Tinubu would surely soon ruin him..no doubt about that..its become embarrassing and a big shame on him!!

  • Asuk

    Fire on the mountain.

  • bangiso mhlabeni

    Tinubu should blame the petroleum minister and not Kachikwu.

  • Bertram

    I pity Kachikwu, but what did he expect? He is the one of the few technocrats in the midst of political ministers representing interests of various ‘Godfathers’ and that is why nothing gets done in this administration. Each minister is either waiting for directives from his ‘Godfather’ or being very careful not to go against his wish. Happy the budget has been passed, no more excuses left. Kachikwu should have learnt from many who distanced themselves from the ‘lame duck’ appointments; yet it is not too late for him to save his reputation by resigning.

  • chimex

    I read this same news from two other dailies but something was bugging me all the while. “why would Tinubu attack Mr Kachikwu with such a ferocious anger over a simple statement of truth? But only thisday was able to unveil the covering of this uncalled for tirade. It had always been at the back of my mind that there must be so thing behind this than just Tinubu’s love for we “the real bosses” I dey laugh o! But why should Tinubu be that high-handed? He has made all the money that there is for him, so what again does he need? Perhaps he wants to be a god. Personally I think that if any one can ressurect NNPC, Tinubu is the man. Kachikwu is junior minister and if he has any problem he can simply call the PMB and he will call Kachikwu to order. Me thinks that this Obasanjo’s letter writing attitude which Tinubu is trying to pick up is what will bring problem between him and Buhari. Tinubu has risen so high and should not give Buhari the opportunity to rubish him. Believe me PMB is salivating for that chance.

    • Paul Graham

      How can Thisday whose publisher not long ago returned money illegally divered be your source of truth, if kachikwu said he had no magic wand, i expect the media like everyone concerned to advice him to quit. He was appointed to solve problems but because Tinubu said what is in the mind of the people, spin doctors have gone on rampage with different stories. The fact remains that there is persistent fuel crisis and the power sector in not doing better either. If Tinubu makes any negative comment about power, busy bodies spin doctors will read meanings into it. Kachikwu has not solve the persistent fuel problem. Period!

  • Igodomigo Suleman

    TINUBU KNOWS THE GAME HE IS PLAYING. HE FOUND AN OPPORTUNITY HE IS BN LOOKING FOR IN THE UNGUARDED BUT TRUTHFUL STATEMENT OF THE MINISTER TO SEND AN INDIRECT MESSAGE TO THE REAL TARGET WHICH IS BUHARI, THAT LOOK AM STILL HERE N I HAVE NOT REALLY BAGGED ENOUGH THAT IS COMMESURATE WITH MY EXPECTATION.

  • akeebaba

    I AM YET TO BE PROVEN WRONG, WHEN IT COMES TO NIGERIA ELITES, THEY ARE NOTHING BUT SELF SERVING “M@TH#R F&CK%R” TINUBU OR OJUELEGBA, APC OR PDP, MILITARY OR ALAGBADA.OLD OR YOUNG.

    • Tony Oshea

      Mr T should first apologize to millions of gullible unemployed youths,on behalf of APC, for lying and decieving them over the N5,000 stipend.Again why didn’t Mr T blast the minister of Power over dwindling electricity supply,or the finance minister over budget padding.Dr Kachikwu is a technocrat, NOT a politician and therefore cannot learn how to decieve or embellish the truth like some APC leaders.

  • RumuPHC

    Tinubu’s response to Kachukwu’s statement is an excellent example of the roles elder state men are suppose to play in governance .

    BAT’s outcry is not only timely but very apt considering the prevailing crisis in the Petroluem sector and the excruciating pains of motorist and , his role in enthroning the PMB government .

    Elders must never keep quite in a society when things go bad. It is however that Thisday has chosen to promote the aspect of a perceived grudge between BAT and Kachikwu rather than the significance of the message.

    Apparently rumours of quarrel sell more than real facts of poor governance and service by a public servant in Nigeria. Thisday has only wised up to this understanding by wedging the scoop of a crack in APC and PMB’s government against a conversation that is about better approach to public service, all in a bid to sell more copies of today’s publication.

    The question we should be asking and the discussion that ought to flow from BAT’s intervention is whether BAT made any sense in his open letter to Ibe Kachikwu and if so what measures can the Hon Min of State Peyroleum and GMD NNPC put to correct the impression created by his last statement.

    I really care less if there is any disagreement between the two but I am more concerned when public servant behave as if they are doing tax payers a favour by serving in government.BAT has just earned more of my respect for him.

    • UOU

      For your biased mind, tinubu is correct, now my questions goes like this:

      1. How many times have tinubu written to the Finance Minister, for all the fumbling of the economy?

      2. How many times did tinubu write to the Minister of Power, for the complete collapse of, electricity?

      3. How many letters have tinubu written to the V.P, for all his personal, regrettable, denials especially his role on the N5,000 promise and fail, by his master and their govt to chop?

      4. How many letters did tinubu write to, the Minister of Education, alhaji adamu, who said buhari government rightly, sacked the V.C of 13 new federal universities and dissolved their governing councils, without following due process, of which, when they came to their senses, buhari just last week, apologized for that blunder?

      5. Eventually but not the least nor the last since they are numerous to mention, how many letters, have tinubu written to his political son, aregbesole of osun, who has turned his subjects and state into a laughing stock, current osun monthly allocation is a partly N6M?

      There are plenty other begging issues, for tinubu to address, most as priority than attacking kachikwu or where do you think differently mr rumuphc?

      • RumuPHC

        Mr UOU,

        That you don’t agree with my opinion does not necessarily mean I am baised . Public servants do not have the latitude of being insensitive to the plight of the people no matter how hard they work in their assignment. Kachikwu is one of my favourite ministers but I winched on my seat when I heard his comment. Civil servants ought to be diplomatic, always.

        Of all the instances you’ve listed in your list of 5 queries , could you please tell me on what occasion any of the ministers or individuals responded to public exasperation on their poor performance/ gaffe with a sharp and insensitive retort?

        Is is human to err and no minister is a superman or, magician as Kackikwu even put it , but telling it to the face of Nigerians as they struggle and sleep at petrol stations across the country smacks of lack of empathy. This is the real issue and what many of us felt as an error by Ibe Kachikwu which BAT has now exposed .

        I imagine the pressure of two eqully challenging jobs is finally getting to the Hon Minister and GMD NNPC and this is quite understandable. Nevertheless, Ibe Kachikwu can still be the man by acknowledging BAT’s observation and apologizing to Nigerians .

        An apology will boost his esteem and this does not still mean he will reverse any appointment if truly that is the motive behind BAT’s open letter. This is the advice I will give Kachikwu being a man I respect, and if he is my brother.

        • UOU

          By your explanations, suppose you are by chance honest, do you think and believe Mr tinubu is sincere in that letter, if he has not also confronted all the 5 points I listed? however it serves kachikwu right, we warned him that they will use him to settle scores or at least, use and dump him, its happening just like all others would also happen in due time. To answer you directly, for all the instances I mentioned even more, they have said, acted and demonstrated more disrespect or disdain to the people than kachikwu, for there is no insult that is worse than Promising and fail, that is the height of humiliation unless you have your own standard that is with so much suspect. if you truthful to your self, you should tinubu ought to have written aregbesole since years ago when he was bashing his subjects but problem is that people are so dishonest, they see everything as he is not our own. Kachikuw should apologize but osibande should not because of tribe, right, but this same osibande told nigerians the 5,000 will be built into the budget which buhari clearly denied, who should apoligize more, the person telling you the truth or the person, who traffics in liews and propagangda, like lair mohammed, fashola, amaechi, joe igbokwe etc . for me, kachikwu should even resign, let them give the post to yoruba man so that they will be happy with their hypocrisy

          • RumuPHC

            I suppose you still don’t get my point which is neither predicated on GEJ vs PMB nor APC vs PDP tango, or even the usual ethnic dimension in everything Nigeria.

            My position is that public servants serve the public and those who serve must avoid acting in manner that depicts them as lords of the people they serve. Composure and communication must be subsevient and diplomatic.

            Imagine your chef yelling at you from the kitchen that he can’t perform any magic to serve dinner on time as you sit at the table in expectation for two hours after a hard days work and grueling traffic!

            In life as well as in government, promising and failing to meet up to your promises cannot be termed as insult. Rather it is how you rationalize and convey your poor performance that could be insultive and an indication of your character. I know many failures who are more respected than others who succeeded. Arrogance of any sort has no place when things are not going well even if the fault is beyond one’s control.

            Whether BAT is sincere or not is actually not the issue here and certainly not my worry. My concern is more for Kachikwu whom I believe is really trying hard and doing so well as a real oil minister should do in the international circuit. He does not need this distraction and he can walk away from it quite easily with his reputation intact to face the challenges in the downstream sector which is a great source of worry to many Nigerians.

            The Chinese have a saying that says a man is not likely to get to his destination if he stops to respond to the barking of every dog in all compounds along the street.

            On a last note and in respond to your pointer to BAT’s on Buhari, I will say just this: BAT is a senior citizen and not in government or public service; he is at liberty to say what he said. On the other hand, it will be crazy for Buhari to say this considering the groans of Nigerians.

          • UOU

            I hope we do not make a meal out of this issue because I do not know how sincere you are in responding to my points, supported with raw undiluted facts. I strongly believe, it is out of mischief that tinubu wrote that letter to kachikwu who I do not know nor support, from adam. There is no sincerity of purpose or anything in tinubu’s tone, his letter was written, ultra uberima fide, outside goodfaith. Ater all, tinubu is the first to tell nigerians that buhari is not a magician nor miracle worker( i cited the date and his exact words/statements) and that nigerians should keep quiet, now you are bringing another dimension, that tinubu is a senior citizen, may i ask, senior citizen to who? maybe to you he is but many including me, tinubu is not anything worthy of a senior citizenship, instead, tinubu is an ordinary crook, a rogue and complete criminal who has taken his people for granted in a long time. Remove your bias and answer my questions, how many times has tinubu written similar letters to other apc members who are in government and who has been out rightly insulting, humiliating and making mockery of nigerians? just answer that and forget every other things. Going to tribes, ethnicity, religion or sentiments of any other manner, do not feign it does not exists, we all know who started it and when, so that is the standard for now, if you like it or not, you cannot change the goal post, in the middle of a game, no, never. I respect your comments still, on its civility, goodday

          • RumuPHC

            Let us not hasten to accuse and judge another man for his perceived deeds in the past but let us acknowledge his contribution today especially if such is capable of improving our lot.

            The issue before us is not about BAT’s character or antics but whether a public servant is right to speak in an insensitive way to a suffering citizenship.

            I quite understand your drift but issue today is not the forum for that. This is Kachikwu’s call.

            Hopefully we can agree to disagree as we rest the matter here. Many thanks.

        • UOU

          Read this;

          Buhari can’t perform magic, needs time – Tinubu July 28, 2015

          “President Muhammadu Buhari only promised change but Nigerians want magic. March 10, 2016

          Who made these statements, mr rumuphc?

        • UOU

          Who made beneath stated statements?

          Buhari can’t perform magic, needs time – Tinubu July 28, 2015

          “President Muhammadu Buhari only promised change but Nigerians want magic. March 10, 2016

          • EBI

            So he is blaming another man for using the same word he used some months back. Hmn .. interesting APC.

          • UOU

            That is the irony, peopel trade in, so much hypocrisy, greed, selfishness, mischief, nepotism and lucre, perhaps this will be the one to burn his skin

    • You are a scion of Obi Wali, may God rest his soul. That’s how South Southerners behave and reason, not the tribal sentiment and pandering of an Igbo man from one backwater South East community who feel they own PHC / Ikwerre Kingdom. Pls tell @Jon West to stop using the cliche / stereotype nyamiri metaphor Umuomasi instead of Rumuomasi.

      • RumuPHC

        Ahmed,

        We are all entitled to our opinions Jon West inclusive…….the more the merrier the popular saying goes.

  • 9jaRealist

    Tinubu wrote: “…there may be no economic matter more difficult to unravel and more sensitive to the pulse of the average person than the current fuel scarcity.” If this is the case, Asiwaju Tinubu, why are you not directing your attack on the Minister (rather than the Minister of State) – whom I assume is in the country for a few days at the moment?

  • akinshow

    I immensely enjoy the articulate and very intelligent prosecution of political ideas and positions in forums like this. It speaks of the love of Nigerians for and their desire to see our nation eschew the values of democracy in our polity. My question however is, when will all be Nigerins first before we are Yoruba, Igbo, Hausa or any other tribe. The synergy in the convergence of our collective potential and abilities can truly make Nigeria a great nation and one for which the next generation will be truly proud. I pray we sheeth our ethnic swords and unite in conviction to fight our common enemy that posterity may speak of a generation that loved their country enough to bury their differences, harnessed their vision of a common destiny and triggered a move of national growth and advancement.

    • Igodomigo Suleman

      @Akinshow. Nigeria is made up of three nations dat their religion, cultures n value system re antithecal to the other. And the reason why gap is getting wider n wider year to year. Even the white man prior to the amalgamation stated that they re like “oil n water which can never mix” but still went ahead n merged them 2thr own amusement n look at where we are 2day. We shld stop deceiving ourselves you do not know more than the white men.

      • akinshow

        My brother Igodomigo, I am one of those that believe that when there a will there is a way. Those characteristics that are common to us far outnumber those that potentially be used to divide us. Even within these entities there are differences. Like the Ijebu, Egba, Ekiti, Oyo and so on in Yoruba land. The benefits in the committee of nations as the most populous nation in Africa, the stature that we hold as a major international market and a leading nation, our ability to utilise our strength to resolve and manage conflicts in other African states to mention but a few will not only be lost if we break up but no individual part command such respect anymore.
        Also our situation of being multi-lingual, multi-ethnic and multi-religious is not peculiar to us. Singapore is exactly the same and they have put their nation first and have now made their country one to envy having developed their infrastructure and widened their economic base making a nation well respected by all. Our greatest strength is in inherent diversity though our challenge is in our unity. If we cross this bridge and I know we can if we stand against the politics of division, we will be a great nation because we are mightily and naturally blessed already. Our agreement could be the beginning ….

    • UOU

      By saying that, he is first, of his tribe before being a nigeria, someone started it long time ago and his people claims its justified of that their leader, since they are the only sophisticated tribe in nigeria, right? are you now trying to bring hypocrisy here, changing the goal post in the middle of the game, make your comment and go away please.

  • AriseNigeria

    Alhaji Tinubu delibrately and calculatedly insulted Dr. Kachukwu unprovoked, unwarranted and it is unprecedented. The insincerity of Tinubu’s action and the brazen attack he lunched on the honorable minister is very shocking considering the personality in question and considering so many issues that has happened since Buhari took over. A man who claim to have national interest at heart would have come out to condemn the killing of unarmed civilians protesters in most Eastern States of Nigeria. Tinubu would have risen to condemn the Agatu massacre in Benue State. What has Tinubu said about the statement credited to Lie Muhammad that the econoy is out of control of Buhari, or the decrease power generation since Fashola took over as Power minister. The attack has the hallmark of selfishness and cheap political posturing, but the naive he took, and the level of savagery of his attack on Dr. kachukwu needs equally strong worded rebuke from Dr. Kachukwu. Tinubu may own Yoruba land, he does own Igbo nation, and cannot threaten the minister from expressing the facts on the ground. That somebody said he is not a magician, is enough to tell us that we must exercise patients in time of hardship. Tinubu is a hypocrite deserving of condemnation, no one is buying his holier than thee attitudes. He is nothing but a generational fool.

  • Okafor

    The two of them are the same.

  • AriseNigeria

    Tinubu has an eye on the Presidency come 2019, and he sees the rising profile of Dr. Kachukwu as a threat, hence the need to instigate and hopefully bump Buhari’s heads against Dr.Kachukwu’s own, with the hope and expectation of Buhari sacking Dr. Kachukwu and thereby remove any competitive chance Dr.Kachukwu might have against him in 2019. So, he subtly tagged Dr. Kachukwu as PDP agent, and one who shows no empathy. What does a wicked unregenerate soul like Tinubu knows about empathy? Tinubu is a vampire, an opportunist, a selfish person, with the a penchant to dominate and muzzle others, but I hope Dr.kachukwu will not be intimidated by this coward but take the fight directly to the bully. Tinubu does not own Nigeria, no matter how he tries.

    • Ichele Aki

      I hope he does honestly.

  • Paul Graham

    Telling your family the truth is a sign of maturity, love and not a major or minor crack. When a family member dances naked in a market place it is the collective responsibility of family members to call the naked dancer to order to avoid further embarrassment! There is tension and hunger in the land, careless statements devoid of empathy should be avoided. People don’t adapt to changes quickly so things will get worse before it gets better. The passage of the budget will help jump start the economy and hopefully bring smiles to people’s faces and food on the table. Nobody is indispensable, so the underperforming Ministers should not think they are untouchable. Nobody who helped build a house would like the house to crumble. It is in the interest of Tinubu that APC succeeds. Tinubu is the most hated of all PDP political enemies. A word is enough for the wise.
    Happy Easter!

  • James Gunn

    APC Government is running Nigeria on a trial and error basis. No plans, no well thought out policies and no concept of what it takes to govern a complex economy like this.

  • sadiq rasaq

    Dont mind that drug addith bola ahmed tinubu the jaguda of nigeria ,it was the listless wife that first critizise the budget at the floor of the national assembly and the untrained daughter lead a protest to the party office against the government of pmb,jaguda tinubu forget that the geographical expresion called nigeria is not lagos state where every citizen are under his caliphate including oba’s and there chief.

  • Tinubu is so ugly physically and in soul. Just see the ungodly reason he is chasing Kachikwu. Tinubu is the biggest looter even seen in Nigeria. I pray he falls out with Buhari so that his cupboard can be scanned for skeletons.