Agbakoba in court, demands removal of Buhari as Petroleum minister

Ebun Francis || Human right activist and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Olisa Agbakoba has filed a suit at an Abuja High Court demanding the removal of President Muhammadu Buhari as the Minister of Petroleum Resources.

In the suit which has the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami as respondents, Agbakoba is asking the court to determine if President Buhari can be the Minister of Petroleum without being screened by the Senate.

Agbakoba said, “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.”

“I am aware that the NNPC provides up to 90 percent of the revenue accruing to Nigeria.

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“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

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“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.”

No date has been fixed for the hearing of the suit.