The Minister of State for Petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu, will meet President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential villa today (Thursday) at 11:30 a.m.
The meeting is coming two days after a memo sent by the minister to the president, complaining about insubordination and alleged corruption by the Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Maikanti Baru, was leaked to the media.
The minister is expected to further discuss the allegations with the president at Thursday’s meeting.
The meeting between the president and Kachikwu is expected to focus on the content of his memo which could instigate the probing of Baru.
A source close to the presidency who spoke on the issue said: “The President will have a fact-finding session with Kachikwu on some of the claims in his August 30 memo.The President and cabinet members were shocked by the issues raised by the minister.
“This audience is already in the schedule of the President today. Kachikwu will have the opportunity to explain what went wrong in the NNPC and the insubordination of the GMD.
“For instance, the issue of lack of access to the President and sidelining him are really strange. Buhari wants to go into the details.”
“President Buhari does not condone indiscipline. There is a high probability that some of the allegations were not brought to his notice.
“The real questions are: Why did GMD Baru sideline his supervising Minister? How did Baru get approval for the contracts? Could he have misled the government with a cover-up memo? Did anybody or group take advantage of the President’s medical trip?
“The presidency may probe these allegations against Baru.
“The Presidency will certainly not spare the rod and the President is determined to get to the root of the $25billion contracts.”