The Group Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL), Mallam Mele Kyari has not been suspended by President Bola Tinubu as being speculated on social media.
Presidency sources confided in THE WHISTLER on Saturday that the President has not given such a directive for the suspension of Kyari as NNPC Boss.
The speculation about Kyari’s suspension on social media came barely 24 hours after the suspension of the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr Godwin Emefiele.
Multiple sources in the Presidency told THE WHISTLER that there is no such plan to suspend Kyari as the GCEO of the NNPC.
One of the sources said, “We got to know about the purported suspension through social media posts. But I can confirm to you that there is no such directive coming from the President. Nigerians are known to play a lot with trends and someone may just have sat down somewhere to make such posts.
“There is no iota of truth in that post claiming that the President has suspended the NNPC GCEO. There is nothing to be worried about because the Petroleum Industry Act is clear on how the NNPC GCEO or any member of the NNPC Board could be removed.”
When contacted, an Aide to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation told THE WHISTLER that they have not received any such directive from the President.
“Please disregard those reports because they are fake news. We don’t have such directive from the President to suspend Kyari,” the Aide said.