Upon removal from the office as the Group Managing Director of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr Maikanti Baru has started to bootlick President Muhammadu Buhari, says he is willing and ready to do more if given the opportunity to serve the country.
Baru said this while speaking to journalists on the sideline of the 2019 Annual Lecture, Life Achievement Awards and Induction of New Fellows of the Nigerian Academy of Engineering, on Thursday in Lagos.
According to him, service to Nigeria is a call to everyone, which must be obeyed.
Earlier, it was reported that the President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Mr. Mele Kolo Kyari as the new Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, bringing to an end the tenure of Maikanti Baru, as the oil firm’s boss.
NNPC’s Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Ndu Ughamadu, who disclosed this in Abuja on Thursday morning, stated that the President also appointed alongside Kyari, seven new Chief Operating Officers.
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Speaking on his post-retirement plans as he retires on July 7, Baru said he was ever ready to serve Nigeria again if such opportunity arose.
“Service to Nigeria is everybody’s call. Every Nigerian should be willing to serve the country when called upon to do so.
“The system that has been put in place is for a public servant to retire when he is 60 years or after 35 years in service.
“However, if it is the prerogative of President Muhammadu Buhari to invite you to do more and of course you should look at it and you should do more.
“The President graciously accepted my statutory retirement but if he says I should come and do more, I’m willing to serve,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Baru would clock 60 years and retire from active service on July 7.
Baru was born on July 7, 1959 and hailed from Jama’are in Bauchi State, Northeast Nigeria, but grew up in Jos, Plateau.
He is a Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers.