By Bartholomew Madukwe
Former President of Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Dr Olisa Agbakoba SAN, has filed a suit against President Muhammadu Buhari, challenging his holding the office of Minister of Petroleum Resources without confirmation by the Senate of National Assembly.
The suit filed before a Federal High Court in Abuja was pursuant to Section 1 (1) and (2), 138 and 147 (2) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Agbakoba argued that Section 138 of the Nigerian 1999 Constitution disqualifies the President of Nigeria from holding any other executive office or paid employment.
“Can the Nigerian President simultaneously serve as Minister of Petroleum Resources, which is an executive office,” he queried.
The former NBA President is asking the court for an Order restraining the President from continuing to hold the office of Minister of Petroleum, while in office as President of Nigeria.
Agbakoba is further asking for an Order restraining the President from continuing to hold the office of Minister of Petroleum Resources.
“I am greatly concerned about the recently management crisis in the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), particularly disagreements between Dr Ibe Kachikwu, the Minister of State for Petroleum and Mr Maikanti Baru, the Group Managing Director of the NNPC, over the administration of the NNPC,” he added.
The senior advocate maintained that the government chaos of NNPC could not have occurred if President Buhari is not also the Minister of Petroleum Resources.
“I am aware that NNPC provides up to 90% of the revenue accruing to Nigeria. I am worried that the crisis in NNPC will greatly reduce Nigeria’s revenue generating capacity and will affect revenue distributable to Federal, States and Local Governments in Nigeria,” Agbakoba stated.