Presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Atiku Abubakar had harsh words for the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor Godwin Emefiele.
The former Vice President made the remarks in an interview today.
I don’t think he’s pursued the right policies. We have to have the right people in there.
Criticism of the Emefiele comes on the heels of darts thrown by President Muhammadu Buhari while being interviewed by Thisday. Buhari had stated that he had left the CBN Governor in power, in order to account for funds spent by the previous administration.
I went to the Central Bank and said, ‘oya, this is what is happening. Why?’ I refused to remove him (CBN Governor) because he had to give account.
On the NNPC
The PDP candidate stated that there was mafia in the state-owned oil corporation.
There is really a mafia in there, people who benefit personally at the expense of the country. But I have the political will and courage to do it. We don’t intend to privatize the whole of NNPC, but reduce the government’s interest to a minority and allow the private sector to drive the oil and gas industry.