It will be lawless for Buhari to double as Petroleum Minister – Ijaw groups

It will be lawless for Buhari to double as Petroleum Minister – Ijaw groups

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The Ijaw People Development Initiative, IPDI and the National Association of Izon Ebe Students have noted that it is unconstitutional for President Muhammadu Buhari to assume the office of Minister of Petroleum Resources.

Leaders of the two groups, Messrs Austin Ozobo and Ebi Wayas respectively, in a statement they jointly issued, said, “By virtue of Section 138 of the Nigeria Constitution of 1999 as amended, the president shall not during the tenure of his office hold any other executive or paid emolument in any capacity whatsoever.”

“This provision is indisputably clear, Buhari is taking us back to the days of the military rule, obviously he lacks the power to assume the position of petroleum minister as serving president,” they asserted.
Maintaining that, “It is an act of lawlessness and the constitution prohibits a public officer assuming two political offices and earning double salaries, the president inclusive,” they stated, “The president should resign as president and subject himself to screening by the Senate if he wants to be petroleum minister.”

“However, we advise him on the implication and negative impression his resolve to occupy two offices ‎may create on his unpopular change agenda,” the groups added.

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