Monday, 10 August 2015

Briefly: Buhari Will Be Minister of Petroleum for 18 Months

President Muhammadu Buhari is set to head the Ministry of Petroleum for one and half year before appointing a substantive minister.

The President disclosed this while meeting with some members of the All Progressives Congress, in Abuja recently. It was, however, gathered that the President was thinking of appointing an experienced person as his special adviser on petroleum.

Reacting to the development, the Peoples Democratic Party said it would be too early to speculate on whether the President would head the ministry or not. Rather, the opposition party urged Nigerians to wait till September when the President promised to name his cabinet.

The decision of the president to head the ministry stems from his past experience as the minister in charge of the Ministry. Meanwhile, Section 5 of the 1999 Constitution also vests executive powers on the President to head any ministry or parastatal of his choice or appoint a representative.

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