In a quest to bring a lasting solution to Nigeria’s petroleum sector, a senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Olisa Agbakoba has called on the federal high court in Abuja to remove President Muhammadu Buhari as Petroleum Senior Minister.
In the suit, Agbakoba has asked the the court to determine if such position could be held by the president without the directives of the National Assembly. Adding Buhari is the problem with the oil sector.
After appoint Ibe Kachikwu as minister of state for petroleum resources, Buhari made self the senior minister.
“I verily believe that the governance chaos in the NNPC could not have occurred if the president is not also the minister of petroleum resources,” he said.
“I am aware that the NNPC provides up to 90 percent of the revenue accruing to Nigeria.
“I am worried 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. This will gravely affect development nationwide and drastically impact one and all Nigerians including those in Anambra state (my state of origin) and Lagos state (my state of residence).
“I looked at section 138 of the 1999 constitution and I verily believe it disqualifies the president from holding executive office including that of the minister of petroleum, during his tenure of office as president.
“I also know that the president did not go through nomination process and confirmation by the senate, before holding the office of minister of petroleum resources
“I again looked at section 147(2) of the 1999 constitution and I verily believe it prohibits anybody from holding the office of a minister of the federation, without confirmation by the senate.”
The court is yet to set a date for the hearing.