For appointing himself Petroleum Minister, Agbakoba drags Buhari to court

For appointing himself Petroleum Minister, Agbakoba drags Buhari to court

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has been dragged before an Abuja Federal High Court by former president of the Nigerian Bar Association, Olisa Agbakoba, for appointing himself the Minister of Petroleum Resources.

In the suit which the lawyer instituted before the court on Monday, through his chambers, he prayed the court to establish the constitutional qualification of the president to hold executive office as Petroleum Minister.

According to Agbakoba, going by section 138 of the Nigerian Constitution, the president has no such right as to take any paid employment or hold an executive office as the Minister of Petroleum Resources.

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He further argued that aside other things that President Buhari’s appointment of self as Minister of Petroleum Resources was never confirmed by the Senate of the National Assembly as section 147(2) of the constitution stated.

Determination of the questions will do Nigeria a lot good, especially with the governance chaos at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), the affidavit in support of the lawyer’s suit stated.

A date is yet to be fixed for the hearing of the case.

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