- President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday, via his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, replied those attacking him for appointing himself as the Minister of Petroleum Resources, saying that he has not broken the law.
- Recall that in an interview last week during his visit to New York, Buhari said he would head the ministry and that he would only appoint a Minister of State to assist him.
- His decision was greeted with so much criticisms from angry Nigerians, who have argued that the nation’s constitution forbids a sitting President from holding another public office.
- But the SSA to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, while speaking to newsmen, slammed those behind the attack on President Buhari, describing them as “briefcase-carrying crooks.”
- He said their attack was because the said crooks were aware that Buhari would not do deals with them and they would not want to go down without putting up a fight, hence the criticism.
- The presidential spokesman added that, “The President has a lot of experience to bring to the oil industry. Besides the military, the oil industry is another area where he is knowledgeable.
“Mr President also has tremendous integrity which he is bringing to the sector, which is the most rotten in the nation’s economy.
“The criticisms are coming from deal makers and briefcase-carrying cooks because they know that Buhari is not a deal maker.
“The deal makers are not ready to go down without shouting because they know that their days are over.”
- On the claim that it is unconstitutional for a sitting President to hold another public office, Shehu said all the powers of the executive arm of government reside in the President.
“The President personifies the Executive. The power of the Executive arm resides in him. He can only be queried if he goes beyond the Executive arm and ventures into the Legislature or Judiciary,” he concluded.