Group debunks allegation of extravagant lifestyle against Kachikwu
**** Says Minister did not chatter flight to China
By Jimmy Lace, Warri
THE Niger Delta Indigenous Movement for Radical Change (NDIMRC) has cleared the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Emmanuel Kachikwu of alleged extravagant lifestyle.
The group also insisted that the Minister never spent N182 million on chattered flight to China as it equally dismissed the allegation that the Minister appointed two Special Advisers for his wives.
An online platform, quoting a source who does not want to be named, described the Petroleum Minister as “extravagant, lavish and too flamboyant for Buhari’s anti- corruption Government”.
But in a press statement by its President (Nelly Emma), Secretary (John Sailor) and Public Relations Officer (Stanley Mukoro), the group said it was not true that the Minister recently chattered flight costing N182 Million to China at the expense of the State.
“Our attention has been drawn to the recent allegation by an online platform against the Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr Ibe Emmanuel Kachikwu and to say that the allegations are familiar lies disgruntled stakeholders have been heaping on the Minister.
“Our findings have shown that the Minister never spent N182 million on chattered flights to China. We know that this baseless accusation is coming from the same frustrated stakeholders who have been working against the hard-working Minister”, the group said.
“We want to let these faceless groups and individuals who are at it again know that their information is not correct as Kachikwu never embarked on a trip to China on a chartered flight costing N182 million at a time when Nigerians are complaining of hardship. He is not insensitive to the plight of Nigerians. To show he is prudent, he has never used private Jet since he came on board and we know he will never do that”, the group added.
It also added that;” We have repeatedly said it that those still being hurt by the reforms of the Minister in the oil and gas industry are doing everything to give him a bad name, hence they came out again now and accused him of chattering flight to China at the expense of the State, this allegation is laughable, baseless, mischievous and a pure lie against an innocent man.”
“Dr Kachikwu is not a man of wastage and has not tried to abuse his position as a Minister. The Dr Kachikwu that we know like President Buhari, is a prudent and patriotic citizen unlike who his accusers and their sponsors would want the public to believe in their mindless propaganda.
“It is also not true that the Minister approved Special Advisers to his wives. Those behind these recent accusations are petty, devilish and wicked. We have done our investigations as usual and discovered that the accusations are coming from the same people who have been working night and day to see that the Minister is shown the way out by the President. But they will continue to fail in their evil mission against the Minister who means well for this administration and Nigerians.
“The Minister has zero tolerance for corruption and he is in the forefront of the anti-corruption of President Buhari. His accusers should give him a breathing space as he is out on a patriotic mission”.
“The success of the numerous achievements of the Minister is giving his accusers who have been feeding fat on oil subsidy sleepless nights and doing everything to pull down a God sent man in order to have their way, but it is our prayer that by the grace of God, they will never succeed because Dr Kachikwu is on a divine mission.
“As a credible oil monitoring group, we are not going to accept the campaign of hate against the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources who is pained about the suffering of Nigerians and working hard with the President to give Nigerians a better deal and we wish to state here that enough is enough to these baseless accusations and blackmail of the Minister” the group cautioned.