The presidency has dismissed social media fake reports that President Bola Tinubu has ordered the suspension of the Group Chief Executive Officer office the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL), Mele Kyari
The social media posts go viral following the suspension and subsequent arrest of the former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Godwin Emefiele.
Recall that Emefiele, replaced by Folashodun Adebisi Shonubi as acting CBN governor, was arrested in Lagos and whisked to Abuja on a private jet by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS).
Presidency sources told The Whistler on Saturday night that the President has denied that he didn’t give such a directive for the suspension of Kyari as NNPC Boss.
Different sources in the Presidency, however, disclosed that is not in their agenda to suspend Kyari as the GCEO of the NNPC.
One of the sources said, “We got to know about the lay claim suspension through social media posts. But I can clearly say to you that there is no such directive coming from the President. Nigerians are known to play a lot with fake news, and someone may just have sat down somewhere to make such posts.
“There is no truth in that post claiming that the President has suspended the NNPC GCEO. There is nothing to be anxious about because the Petroleum Industry Act is clear on how the NNPC Board could be removed.”
An adviser to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) confirm that they have not received such a directive from the President.
“Please disregard those rumors because they are fallacy. We don’t have such directive from the President to suspend Kyari,” the adviser said.