By Olamide Fadoju
Bashir Ahmad, Personal Assistant on New Media to President Muhammadu Buhari has denied a report that he has been appointed as manager of the Department of Petroleum Resources.
An online publication Peoples Gazette had published a story titled “EXCLUSIVE: Buhari quietly appoints Bashir Ahmad manager of lucrative petroleum ministry department”
The story in part read, “Mr. Ahmad, 29, has served as personal assistant to Mr. Buhari on new media since 2016. Despite still retaining his presidency appointment, he recently hustled his way in as the head of the newly-established National Production Monitoring System (NPMS) of DPR – Nigeria’s preeminent oil and gas sector regulator, the Gazette learnt from four officials at the presidency and DPR with sufficient details of the appointment.
“Mr. Ahmad’s appointment, which was tacitly executed in line with Buhari regime’s culture of opacity, presents a blanket remunerative boost for the young presidential aide, as he is now set to draw dual salaries and allowances from Nigeria’s marginal commonwealth.”
In a quick response, The President’s aide said the story was concoted
In a tweet via his Twitter account, Bashir stated “A friend sent me a link to a concocted story from an online news blog that the President has quietly appointed me as a manager of the DPR, a department of Ministry of Petroleum Resources, for those who want to know the truth, the story is 100% FALSE. I am not a staff of the DPR.”
“To tell you the truth, I don’t even know where DPR office is, the only thing I know it is in Lagos. That’s all,” he added.
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