In a surprising twist, former communication aide of Former President Muhammadu Buhari, Bashir Ahmad, took to Twitter on Thursday to speculate on the possibility of President Bola Tinubu appointing himself as the Minister of Petroleum Resources.
This speculation follows President Tinubu’s recent announcement of portfolios for 45 confirmed ministerial nominees, a move that raised eyebrows due to the absence of the Minister of Petroleum Resources. Tinubu only appointed Heineken Lokpobiri as Minister of State for Petroleum Resources.
Ahmad’s tweet hinted at the historical precedence of former presidents also overseeing the Ministry of Petroleum Resources during their tenures. “President Bola Tinubu is our potential Minister of Petroleum Resources,” Ahmad tweeted.
“He will be following in the footsteps of former Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo and Muhammadu Buhari, who occupied the post during their tenures.”
The speculation grew further as Ahmad detailed the potential organisational changes within the ministry. “This time, there are two junior ministers under the Ministry,” Ahmad continued, “a Minister of State for Petroleum and a Minister of State for Gas Resources.”
The absence of an immediate assignment to the Minister of Petroleum Resources has ignited discussions within political and media circles.
Observers are keenly watching to see how President Tinubu will address this notable vacancy and whether he will consider taking on the crucial portfolio himself.
President Tinubu’s administration has been marked by numerous policy changes and a focus on economic reforms. The potential appointment of President Tinubu as the Minister of Petroleum Resources could have significant implications for Nigeria’s energy sector, given the ministry’s pivotal role in the nation’s oil and gas industry.
As speculations continue to swirl, Nigerians are waiting eagerly for an official announcement from President Tinubu’s office regarding the appointment of the Minister of Petroleum Resources and any potential reshuffling within the Ministry of Petroleum Resources.
The next steps to be taken by the Tinubu administration will undoubtedly shape the direction of Nigeria’s energy policies and its economic trajectory.
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