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Tinubu’s Attack on Kachikwu: Transferred Aggression?


That All Progressives Congress National Leader Asiwaju Bola Tinubu is not at peace with the state of things at present in the country is like stating the obvious. Asiwaju seems not to be down with the direction of things in the country: the state of the economy, direction of the Buhari administration and more importantly his seeming sagging relationship with President Buhari. Forget that President Buhari chaired the 8th Colloquium held last week in Abuja to mark Asiwaju Tinubu’s 64th birthday and that at the occasion he spoke glowingly about the APC leader’s contributions to the administration, to the party and to the country, the political wary would know that all is not well between the two leaders. Tinubu is said to be particularly discomfited by some of the appointments made so far by the president he helped to install. But the president is the president. He cannot take an open umbrage at the president; hence he grabbed the opportunity that came his way to reach for the jugular of the president’s lieutenant. Asiwaju Tinubu lashed out at the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, over his comment that he was not a magician to perform miracle to resolve the lingering fuel scarcity in the country overnight. Kachikwu was fielding questions from journalists at the State House, Abuja.

In his strongly worded statement last week Saturday night entitled: “Kachikwu Needs to Know that Respect and Good Performance Will Do What Magic Cannot,” Tinubu asked the Minister of State Kachikwu to take responsibility for the scarcity and stop insulting Nigerians. Tinubu said in part: “Much public ire has been drawn to the statement made by minister of state Ibe kachikwu that he was not trained as a magician and that basically Nigerians should count themselves fortunate that the NNPC under his stewardship has been able to bring in the amount of petrol fuel it is currently doing. Perhaps the statement by Kachikwu was made in a moment of unguarded frustration or was an awkward attempt at a joke. Whatever the motive, it was untimely and off-putting. The remark did not sit well with the Nigerian people; they were as right to feel insulted as the Minister was wrong to have said such a thing.   The fuel shortage is severely biting for the average person. They are forced to remain in lines far too long, for too much time, to pay too much money for too little fuel. This is no joking matter. Livelihoods and people’s welfare are at stake. With so much on the line, Kachikwu’s flippancy was out-of-line. He was basically telling Nigerians that they should be lucky that they are getting the inadequate supply they now suffer and that they should just be quiet and endure the shortage for several weeks more”.

The APC National Leader was more scathing and scornful in his comment. The attack was a case of transferred aggression. It was a stone thrown not really at Kachikwu but Kachikwu’s boss for the anti-people fuel situation and other issues. It was simply a populist move! If you are in doubt, pray who really is the Honourable Minister of Petroleum Resources?


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