Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, has revealed that he was threatened on phone by a militant that planned to blow up oil pipelines.
Speaking at a town hall meeting which had some ministers in attendance on Tuesday in Kaduna state, Kachikwu lamented that attacks on oil installations was a drain on the country’s resources, assuring that the government was on top of the situation.
“Last week, my phone number was published in Sahara Reporters and then I began to get millions of phone calls.
“One of the first phone calls I took not knowing who was calling me was from a militant somewhere and when I picked up the phone, he said ‘Are you the minister of petroleum’, I said yes.
“He said, ‘I dey go blow pipeline tomorrow,’ and I said, ‘why would you do that my brother if you love Nigerians? He said, ‘are you sure you are the minister’, I said yes.
“Then he said for being so humble, I will drop the plan. That’s the kind of environment under which we operate.”
While appealing to Nigerians not to be discouraged by the current challenges facing the country, he expressed the hope that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration is capable of turning the situation around for the better.
“The reality of our situation is that wherever I turn when I was appointed, I had problems. If I turn to the refineries when I joined in October, they were not working. If I turned to the pipelines, they were non-existent.
“But I wasn’t discouraged, because if I had problems, what will I say of a man who at his age took over the mantle of this country? His Excellency, the president so that gave me a lot of encouragement,” the minister said.