Vice President Yemi Osinbajo may have cleared the air over the worrying question about whether President Muhammadu Buhari signed the controversial Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) contracts while on his sick bed in London.
Different reactions have continued to trail the leaked memo written by the Minister of State for Petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu, to President Buhari where he accused the Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Maikanti Baru of insubordination and award of contracts without due process..
While some Nigerians have called for the resignation of the NNPC GMD and probe of the NNPC, others have questioned who signed the contract, as they wonder whether Buhari signed it while in London hospital where he was receiving treatment as at the time the contract was signed.
However, bringing the agitating question of who signed the contract to rest, Vice President Osinbajo, in statement by his spokesperson, Laolu Akande, claimed that he was the one who approved the contracts while functioning as acting president in July, 2017.
The statement which Akande published on his Twitter handle read, “In response to media inquiries on NNPC joint venture financing, VP Osinbajo, as Ag President approved recommendations after due diligence & adherence to established procedure. Action necessary to deal with huge backlog of unpaid cash calls which Buhari adm. inherited and also to incentivize much needed fresh investments in the oil & gas sector”.
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