As Nigerians eagerly await the announcement of President Muhammadu Buhari’s ministerial list, the president on Tuesday made one appointment in his yet-to-be formed cabinet.
He appointed himself, Minister of Petroleum Resources.
Addressing some select reporters in New York on Tuesday, after addressing a Global Leaders’ Summit on Countering ISIL and Violent Extremism, President Buhari said: “I will remain Minister of Petroleum”.
He, however, added “I will appoint a minister of State for Petroleum”.
According to him, this step is being taken as part of efforts to sanitize Nigeria’s oil industry, which has a reputation as the most corrupt, fraudulent sector made worse by crude oil theft.
Mr. Buhari restated his determination to sanitise Nigeria’s oil industry and free it from the grip of corruption and shady deals.
Towards this goal, the president pointed out that he had already taken the first step with the appointment of a new management for the NNPC and its subsequent reorganization.
He also said the prosecution of those who misappropriated NNPC’s revenue under past administrations would soon commence.
On Corruption, Buhari pledged that the federal government will fight the monster, because it has been identified as the root of all problems hindering Nigeria as a nation.