The New Initiative for Credible Leadership (NICreL ) has chided a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, over his (Tinubu) remarks against the Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, on the lingering fuel crisis, across parts of the country.
A statement by leader of the NICrel, Rev. Steve Onwu, stated that the APC chieftain cannot revive his fledging political influence by attacking a Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, adding that this move has finally confirmed that he (Tinubu) has been undermining the present government because he could not impose his will on President Muhammadu Buhari.
Onwu noted that Tinubu should have offered practical solutions for ending the fuel crisis instead of playing to the gallery with the theoretical postulations in his statement titled ‘Kachikwu Needs to Know That Respect and Good Performance Will Do What Magic Cannot’.
It said Mr Kachikwu’s frank comment that the APC chieftain reacted to were not unconnected with the rot left behind by the former administration that he sometimes related with in the past.
“Tinubu cannot in clear conscience exonerate himself from the atrocities committed by the Jonathan administration to which he was regularly ferreted to meet under the cover of darkness for nocturnal meetings to discuss his personal interests.
“It is common knowledge that the Lion of Bourdilon is no longer happy with the president since his attempt to populate the cabinet with his handpicked men was rebuffed by Mr President.
“If Kachikwu had been one of his proxies and puppets smuggled into the government would Tinubu had attempt to ridicule such official simply because he dared to speak the truth? We think the former Lagos state governor is trying to get at President Buhari by attacking the Minister of State of the ministry that Mr President deliberately supervises.
“We advise Tinubu to give strong thoughts to other options instead of his fixation on being the “shadow president”. The government that emerged from the 2015 general elections is more important than the political party that produced that government and how the country is run is now to be subjected to Tinubu’s wishes,” the statement declared.
It urged Mr Kachikwu not to reduce himself into being a liar simply to satisfy the whims of Tinubu’s likes but should do all that is necessary to ensure that Nigerians are no longer held hostage by those who see the oil industry as their birth right.