Renowned Human rights lawyer Femi Falana has told President Bola Tinubu to stop parading himself as the Minister of Petroleum Re.s.

Falana argued that the President’s role as Minister of Petroleum contravened Section 147 of the Constitution, cautioning Tinubu not to imitate former presidents Olusegun Obasanjo and Muhammadu Buhari.


According to Falana, this became necessary because the President was not screened by the National Assembly before assuming the role, making it difficult for the country to hold the NNPCL accountable.

In his words:


“Last week, a former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, advised President Bola Tinubu against occupying the office of the Minister of Petroleum Re.s, saying such an arrangement makes it difficult for the country to hold the NNPC Limited accountable.

“We paid N11 trillion in eight years under President Muhammadu Buhari to import oil or fuel. Why has t. been no investigation? With respect, this is my answer: President Bola Tinubu is not the Minister of Petroleum Re.s, as his nomination was never sent to the Senate for screening as mandatorily required by Section 147 of the Constitution.

“My advice is that the President should not parade himself as the minister of petroleum re.s like President Olusegun Obasanjo and President Muhammadu Buhari.”

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