The Director General of Voice of Nigeria (VON), Mr. Osita Okechukwu has reassured Nigerians that President
Muhammadu Buhari will resolve the reported feud between the Minister of state for petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu and the Group Managing Director of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Dr. Maikanti Baru.
Fielding questions from journalists in Enugu on Sunday, Okechukwu, who earlier
declined comment on the basis that he was not presidential spokesman, said: “President Buhari will do the needful and will not allow anyone to dent his image or tarnish his integrity quotient, if the allegations are valid. This is his political capital upon
which we followed him, upon which Nigerians voted for him and upon which the international community endorsed him.”
The VON DG equally noted that Buhari’s urgent meeting with Kachikwu had vindicated
some of them who believed abinitio that the Minister’s letter did not get to the President.
“As I said before, I have not seen nor heard from Mr President since the altercation;
I am at Enugu as you know, but permit me to opine from my observatory that the meeting President Buhari had with Kachikwu vindicated some of us who had expressed the candid view that it was possible that those who blocked Kachikwu from seeing Mr President
might had blocked the letter from getting to him.
“Otherwise the urgent verification meeting he had with Kachikwu signposts this
assumption. Aso Villa has unresolved culture of mix-bag,” he said.
Going further, Okechukwu said for the much he knew of President Buhari, he had
always placed public interest above self and cannot allow his political capital of integrity quotient to be extinguished by anyone, even his traducers can attest to his selflessness.
He attributed the unfolding events to “the palace guards, in every palace, who
sometimes in this instance, work 100 degrees at variance with Buhari’s public service trajectory. They wittingly or unwittingly fail to recognize the treasury and premium Buhari places on the Social Contract he has with Nigerians to make a CHANGE.”
Asked whether President Buhari was in charge, Okechukwu retorted, “He is in charge.
How can you spew such propaganda? He is not the talking type. His approach is slow and steady, which wins the race. For a president who in his independent anniversary speech X-rayed how he met an almost empty treasury and huge infrastructure deficit, and took
the pain to travel round the world to source for funds to revamp the infrastructural deficit, it is unfair to profile him in that manner. Don’t fall for His Excellency, Governor Fayose or Peoples Democratic Party’s propaganda.
“If he is not in charge how come he mobilized the Armed Forces to tame and contain
the Boko Haram? How come he is waging with Ibrahim Magu as filed commander, strident war against corruption? How come he raised $30 billion infrastructure loan? I understand he is sourcing more money for Port Harcourt – Maiduguri Eastern Corridor Railway,
Enugu Coal and other vital infrastructure. As I said before, Aso Villa has the tendency to alienate people from the president, especially when some key officials are not as pro-people as Mr President. It happened to Gen Sani Abacha of blessed memory, Chief
Olusegun Obasanjo and Dr Goodluck Jonathan.”
When questioned over the concentration of appointments in the North, okechukwu
said “Buhari has a broader view of Nigeria than most people can imagine. His concentration is on infrastructural development of the country than any other thing.”
Assuring that the President is going to make amends on appointments, Okechukwu
said “a lot of pundits and public critics are not aware that his Zone the North West did not benefit as much as North-East,” pointing out that “the North West has only one member in the 14 member NNPC Board, North East-four and South East none.”
According to him, “North-West did not produce the Chiefs of Army Staff, Chief
of Navy, Chief of Airforce nor NSA, as South-East you hype. Watch out, there is going to be changes.
“Methinks Mr President is a good listener, he had heard the complaints of Nigerians,
not only that of his dear wife – Aisha, Nasir Elrufai, Ibe Kachikwu and a host of compatriots. He is fully aware that in the Chest Board game, there is only one King, every other player is a Pun. He will make amends, appointments are transient and temporary.
Don’t forget that he is a retired Army General. Watch out.”