The Tinubu-Shettima Network (TSN) has attacked the Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP) for calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to purge the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL) of an alleged corrupt management team.
According to the National Chairman of TSN, Engr. Kailani Muhammad, CNPP’s comment on the NNPCL is a ‘cheap blackmail’.
Engr Muhammad said the major issues of fuel scarcity and failure to meet up with OPEC quota advanced by CNPP in a recent press statement were nothing but a clear attempt to “give a dog a bad name in order to hang it.
“We expected CNPP to blame the OPEC quota on oil thieves and the recent fuel scarcity on marketers rather than NNPCL. Is it NNPC staff that are stealing oil? It is a cartel and the security agencies and politicians are involved and this has been happening since 1983 in this country?”
The TSN national chairman, who applauded President Muhammadu Buhari for setting up a 14-man steering committee to find lasting solutions to the problems surrounding the supply and distribution chain of petroleum products in the country, said “I don’t think there is any corruption in the newly incorporated NNPCL, because since the repositioning, nobody or leader can deep hands in NNPC’s coffers to steal money, because there are laws guiding the company now unlike before ,when a president can just write and siphon money.
Kailani Muhammad, who spoke in a reaction to a recent statement signed by CNPP Secretary General, Chief Willy Ezugwu explained, “It beats our imagination for a group to condemn the current management that has been doing a lot ,most especially the Group Managing Director, Mele Kyari, who works round-the-clock to ensure optimum operations are guaranteed.
In a press statement signed and made available to journalists, Kailani who was the National Coordinator of Muhammadu Buhari Votes Guard before it metamorphosed into Tinubu-Shettima Network, posited that “These so called comrades of CNPP and their allies have no just reasons to accuse management of Mele Kyari led team of corruption.”
According to him, “it is more disheartening that they don’t even have figures to back up their allegations of corruption against the management.
“We expect members of CNPP to know that under the previous government, NNPC was more of a cash cow for years than National oil company, until President Muhammadu Buhari’s government repositioned it.”