Kachikwu has 'no comments' post-Buhari meeting

Senate to probe Kachikwu's allegations against Baru, corruption in police

"President Buhari should disengage from being a Petroleum Minister and appoint a substantive minister whom the nation can hold accountable to the happenings in the nation oil industry", he said.

Mr. Kachikwu in a letter dated August 30 which surfaced in the internet on Tuesday had criticised Mr. Baru over illegal practices and appealed to President Buhari to take urgent steps to address his concerns.

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday met behind closed doors with the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The party described as disgusting what it called a high level of looting in the current administration, expressed shock at "the loud silence of President Buhari on the very large corruption, the newspaper said".

He had alleged that Baru using the NNPC awarded $25billion contract without following due process.

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The lawmakers also resolved to investigate the letter written by Mr. Kachikwu.

As soon as the minister emerged from the meeting at about 12:45 p.m., he was asked by several journalists what they discussed.

He had in the memo said: "That you save the office of the Minister of State from further humiliation and disrespect by compelling all parastatals to submit to oversight regulatory mandate and proper supervision which I am supposed to manage on your behalf".

Kachikwu simply said "no comment" when State House correspondents approached him.

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