The Niger Delta Indigenous Movement for Radical Change, (NDIMRC) has criticized President Buhari over the appointment of Dr. Maikanti Kacalla Baru as the new GMD of NNPC.
In a joint press statedment released by its president, Nelly Emma; Secretary, John Sailor and Public Relations Officer (PRO), Stanley Mukoro, the group frowned at Kachikwu’s removal.
“The whole world is our witness.
“We raised the alarm in April that Maikanti Baru was desperate to be the GMD of NNPC.
“He mounted pressure on the President to sack Kachikwu and now we have been vindicated.
“The appointment of Baru by the President is not in the best interest of the nation, but to satisfy the interest of the North.
“It is unfortunate that the people of the oil-rich Niger Delta Region are being treated this way.
“Kachikwu brought a lot of changes into NNPC and the cabal in the oil and gas industry never liked him,” the statement said.
“Kachikwu, against threat to his life and members of his family, took a risky trip to the troubled Niger Delta region to see things for himself.
“He was at the controversial Nigerian Maritime University, Okerenkoko, Gbaramatu Kingdom, in Delta State.
“His trip to the area also helped to reduce the spate of attacks on oil facilities by rampaging militants,” the group added.
“Can Baru take a trip to the Niger Delta region?
“As the new GMD of NNPC, can he plead with rampaging militants in the Niger Delta region to give peace a chance and they will listen to him?
“The choice of Baru as the man at the helm of affairs in NNPC is not the best,” NDIMRC said”.
“As an oil monitoring group, we are highly disappointed that the President decided at this crucial time to leave the affairs of the NNPC in the hands of Baru.
“We are not impressed with President Buhari.
“He did it in a bid to satisfy the interest of the north with more juicy positions,” the group stated.
The Warri-based group argues that replacement of Kachikwu with Baru was a disservice to the people of the Niger Delta and may yield consequences.