The Nigerian Association of Online Publishers has called on the Minister of Petroleum Resources,President Muhammadu Buhari and the Board of the NNPC which is headed by the Minister of State For Petroleum Resources Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, to quickly review the resent movement of Management Personnel in the organisation because it contains very palpable cases of vandetta and injustice.
In a press release signed by its National President and Secretary and made available to newsmen in Abuja, the Association made particular reference to the NNPC spokesperson,Mallam Garba Deen Muhammad who was given an ambiguous posting that leaves him in limbo.
Until the recent postings Muhammed was the Group General Manager,Public Affairs of NNPC but in a very curious action,he was moved to the position of "General Manager Communication and Stategy"While still retaining his GGM position. This is enough to destabilize and kill the organization morale.
The Online Publishers also queried the rush with which the GMD went about the postings. They observed that if Baru's motives were sincere and in the interest of the corporation he would have wait d another couple of days when the NNPC Board would be inaugurated and then run the process through the Board. That way he would have avoided the suspicion and errors that normally accompany a one man know all decision. But as it were, Baru cannot defend himself against the accusation of carrying out a personal vendetta against his perceived enemies.
It is very possible says the Online Publishers that Muhammed who joined the NNPC about six months ago is a victim of hate and vendetta by Baru who had never hidden his disdain for outsiders joining the NNPC.
This attitude is particularly dangerous when the case of Mr Garba Deen is examined. The Online body of Publishers said that Garba Deen was invited by the Minister of State for Petroleum Dr. Kachikwu who was then doubling as GMD,to come and serve his country. Garba Deen accepted to serve out of sense of national duty. "Garba Deen left a flourishing media practice, a respectable job as the editor at large with The Sun Newspapers, a popular and respected columnist while also doubling as the President of the Nigerian Guild of Editors to come and serve his country only for him to be treated so shabbily and wickedly. This is injustice and unacceptable under any guise. It is in this light that we call on President Buhari whose sense of justice is not in doubt to intervene and salvage the reputation of an honest and patriotic citizen whose only crime was that he answered the national call to serve his country at the expense of a brilliant career that he built painfully over the last two decades.
The Association further said apart from discouraging competent Nigerians at home and abroad from making sacrifices for the country, such inexplicable I constituency coming less than six months after a similar exercise will spook investors and stun growth of the Oli and Gas Industry. The Online practitioners averred that if indeed the President granted approval for this injustice it must be because he was misled by Baru and that is why the President and the Board of the NNPC have a moral obligation to review the exercise and wherever infractions were detected they must be redressed. Recalling the role that Garba Deen played during the fuel subsidy standoff with Labour and other stakeholders,the Online Publishers maintain that humiliating Gabar Deen so cruelly for the personal satisfaction of the GMD is sad and a depressing indicator of why the corporation has been going down over the years. The NNPC is bigger than the interest of any individual and injustice to one is injustice to all.