Otunba Henry Ajomale the chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Lagos state chapter has said President Muhammadu Buhari’s decision to appoint himself as petroleum minister was due to the president’s knowledge about the sector, haven served as a former minister of petroleum resources in the 80s.
Otunba Ajomale said the need to protect the sector from massive looting which was the norm in past administrations could have also informed Buhari’s decision to appoint himself as minister.
Speaking to journalist at a Yoruba leadership summit yesterday, September 30, at the Airort Hotel, Ikeja Lagos, he said President Buhari decided to be minister of Petroleum so as to “keep the wolf out and use the resources in a way that is going to develop this country”.
The APC chieftain cautioned Nigerians against criticising the president for stepping into the crucial role, noting that “things are getting better in that sector now and if he becomes the head of that sector you will see the change and whatever we are getting is not going to somebody’s pocket again its going to go directly to the use of Nigerians”.
He said he said he had no problems with Buhari’s decision to head the petroleum sector, highlighting that the president’s deep knowledge about the sector would benefit the country immensely.
Mixed reactions have trailed President Buhari announcement that he will head the petroleum ministry. According to him, this step is being taken as part of efforts to sanitise Nigeria’s oil industry, which is said to be plagued by corruption, massive fraud, and crude oil theft. But some critics have accused the president of relegating minister portfolios to the background in the name of sanitizing the oil sector.