Olisa Agbakoba Sues Buhari for Making Himself the Minister of Petroleum

Foremost lawyer and former President, Nigerian Bar Association, Olisa Agbakoba has filed a claim at the Federal High Court, Abuja against the Federal Government of Nigeria via the Attorney General of the Federation, to determine the constitutional qualification of President Buhari to also hold executive office as Minister of Petroleum Resources.

Agbakoba, in a statement released by his Chambers said on the basis of section 138 of the constitution disqualifying the President of Nigeria from taking any paid employment or holding executive office of Minister, the President cannot hold office as Minister of Petroleum Resources.

His other argument is that, the President’s appointment as Minister of Petroleum was not confirmed by the Senate of the National Assembly, as stipulated by section 147(2)of the constitution.

The affidavit supporting Agbakoba’s claim states the determination of the questions in the claim are of vital national importance, in view of the governance chaos at the NNPC.

He has requested the court to return answers that the President is not validly qualified to be Minister of Petroleum Resources and in any event the President is also disqualified to be Minister of Petroleum Resources, not having been confirmed by Senate.