The Niger Delta Peoples Assembly (NDPA) has stated that a recent protest in Warri, Delta state, calling for the probe and removal of Mele Kyari, the Group Chief Executive Officer (GCEO) of NNPCL (Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Limited), was orchestrated by a frustrated monarch and illicit oil barons.
NDPA on Saturday, October 14, 2023 in a statement described the protest as a charade and emphasized that the so-called coalition of 26 youth groups behind it lacked coordination and purpose.
The group accused the unamed Monarch of being the mastermind behind the protest, motivated by the loss of his pipelines surveillance contract.
They highly noted that the protesters’ claims of financial impropriety and other grievances against Mele Kyari were unsupported by evidence and pointed out that NNPCL is regularly audited and has a clean record.
NDPA further defended Mele Kyari’s efforts to rehabilitate the nation’s refineries and combat oil theft. They also noted that President Bola Tinubu expressed confidence in Mele Kyari’s leadership and endorsed his continued role as GCEO of NNPCL.
The group unequivocally urged President Tinubu to ignore the media hype surrounding the protest stressing that, Mele Kyari should be allowed to continue his work in the national interest, as his efforts are seen as vital to addressing issues in the oil industry.