‘Kachikwu Insulted Nigerians’ – Tinubu


The national leader of the All Progressives Congress(APC), Bola Tinubu has lashed out at the minister of state for petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, over his comment about the lingering fuel scarcity. The APC national leader did not mince words as he spoke about the minister’s use of words. Kachikwu on Wednesday, March 23, 2016, while speaking about the fuel crisis, told newsmen that he was not a magician.

Although the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) came out to clear the air on the minister’s comments, Nigerians have not let it go. Tinubu accused Kachikwu of insulting Nigerians and speaking like an elitist.

“It insulted the people by its tonality. He spoke with the imperious nature of a member of the elitist government the people voted out last year and not the progressive one they voted in,” he said. He also said the minister “has strayed from the progressive calling required of this administration.”

Tinubu also said:

“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 former Lagos state Governor also expressed confidence in the Buhari led administration’s ability to solve the challenges facing Nigerians.