President Muhammadu Buhari, on Thursday was unable to state when he assumed the role of Nigeria’s Petroleum Minister.
The president, while speaking during the All Progressives Congress, APC, presidential campaign rally in Warri, Delta State, said he was Petroleum Minister from 1978 to 1979.
This was contrary to facts, which showed that former Head of State, General Olusegun Obasanjo appointed Buhari as the Federal Commissioner, now known as Minister, for Petroleum and Natural Resources between March 1976 and June 1978.
Upon its creation in 1977, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Buhari was also appointed as its Chairman, a position he held until 1978.
But, speaking during the rally, Buhari said: “I am impressed by what previous speakers have said, especially the Minister of State for Petroleum who told you what we have been able to do in Delta State, because he happens to come from here and he happens to be my Junior Minister as Minister of petroleum Resources.
“Since 1984, or 78 to 79 when I was the Minister, I never lost interest in the petroleum industry. I am acutely aware of your influence because God has placed you on top of this national asset. I hope you will understand and appreciate the favour God has done to you in favour of the rest of Nigerians.
“I am trying to remind you to please reflect very seriously: where were we when we came in 2015, where are we now? What were we able to achieve with the resources available to us. I assure you, under this leadership, is to serve Nigeria.”