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Resign now as Petroleum Minister, kinsman tells Buhari

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and kinsman of the President, Alhaji Muhammad Ibrahim Daura, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari, to resign his position as the Minister of Petroleum Resources to concentrate on salvaging the country.

At a briefing in Kaduna, yesterday, Daura argued that the office of the President was very demanding and required full concentration of President Muhammdu Buhari so that he could move the nation forward.

According to him, “The Petroleum Ministry is very sensitive and requires to be handled by professionals who are not distracted by any other demanding duty. It is also saddened that the Minister of State for Petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu, a lawyer by training, might not have the rudiment to manage the office of the affairs of the Ministry.

“We all know that 80 percent of our revenue comes from the petroleum sector and if we don’t take proper care of the ministry, the country might be thrown into chaos.

“The recent fuel scarcity in the country might not be unconnected with the policy on ground where the president runs the ministry from the Aso Villa.

“Yes, some will say that President Buhari decided to hold onto the ministry to checkmate some malpractices, but I can tell you that we have experts who can do same. Remember Prof. Tam David West, Obaseki and Abubakar Yar’adua; they are all experts in Petrochemical Engineering who have proved that they have what it takes to move the oil industry forward.

“We also have thousands of graduates with PHD, and are roaming the streets, some of whom are Petrochemical Engineers who the president can engage.

“I am a core supporter of President Muhammadu Buhari, and I want him to succeed that is why I’m coming out with this advice to help him move the country forward,” he explained.

Speaking on the call that President Buhari should contest in 2019, Alhaji Daura said there was nothing bad in the call because according to him, “he has started some good work and needs to be given some time to complete them, so if another four years is what it will take, then let it be.”

It would be recalled that the recent fuel scarcity that led to the increase in the pump price of petroleum products has brought more hardships on Nigerians as the product is sold at prices above the official rate and the scarcity still persists.

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