Minister for Petroleum resources, IbeKachikwu has made it clear he is unhappy a letter he wrote to president Buhari was leaked and circulated on social media.
In the letter Kachikwu intimated the president on his concerns about being side-lined due to allegations of corruption and conspiracy with Militants. He also complained about insubordination from MaikantiBaru, group managing director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
Referring to the letter, Idang Alibi, director of press in the ministry of petroleum in a statement said it was nothing more than a “normal procedural correspondence”.
“The attention of the ministry of petroleum resources has been drawn to a publication on a memo emanating from the honourable minister of state for petroleum resources to the president,” the statement read.
“The communication under reference is a normal procedural correspondence by the minister to the president relating to developments in parastatals under his supervision.
“It is most distressing to the ministry of petroleum resources that a confidential communication to the President on the performance of one of its parastatals can be made public.
“The focus of the communication was on improving efficiency and deepening transparency in the oil and gas sector for continued investor confidence.
“It is noteworthy that the President has been fully supportive of the efforts of the Ministry to entrench good governance and accountability in the oil and gas sector.
“The ministry of petroleum resources remains focused on achieving measurable progress in the implementation of the ongoing oil sector reforms in line with the mandate of the president.”