Buhari ‘Northerners forced President to remove Kachikwu,’ Group says

The group made the comment via a statement released by its President, Nelly Emma, Secretary, John Sailor and Public Relations Officer (PRO), Stanley Mukoro.

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The Niger Delta Indigenous Movement for Radical Change (NDIMRC) has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of removing Dr Ibe Kachikwu from the position of Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) due to pressure from the north.

The group made the comment via a statement released by its President, Nelly Emma, Secretary, John Sailor and Public Relations Officer (PRO), Stanley Mukoro.

The statement reads:

The whole world is our witness that we raised the alarm in April this year that Dr. Maikanti Baru was desperate to be the GMD of NNPC and was mounting pressure on the President to sack Kachikwu and now we have been vindicated.

The appointment of Baru by the President is not in the best interest of the nation, but to satisfy the interest of the North. It is unfortunate that the people of the oil-rich Niger Delta Region are being treated this way. Kachikwu brought a lot of changes into NNPC and the cabal in the oil and gas industry never liked him.

Only last month, Kachikwu against threat to his life and members of his family, took a risky trip to the troubled Niger Delta region to see things for himself at the controversial Nigerian Maritime University, Okerenkoko, Gbaramatu Kingdom, in Warri South West Local Government Area of Delta State and his visit brought hope to the hopeless people of the region.

His trip to the area also helped to reduce the spate of attacks on oil facilities by rampaging militants. Can Baru take a trip to the Niger Delta region? As the new GMD of NNPC, can he plead with rampaging militants in the Niger Delta region to give peace a chance and they will listen to him? The choice of Baru as the man at the helm of affairs in NNPC is not the best.

As an oil monitoring group, we are highly disappointed that the President decided at this crucial time to leave the affairs of the NNPC in the hands of Baru.

We are not impressed that President Buhari in his bid to satisfy the interest of the north with more juicy positions at the detriment of the oil producing people of the Niger Delta Region, left the affairs of NNPC in the hands of a desperate Baru, who will only sit in the comfort of his office in Abuja without thinking about the pains the oil producing people of the Niger Delta region are passing through.

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