Naija News had reported earlier that Kyari’s appointment by President Muhammadu Buhari was made known in a statement released by Ndu Ughamadu, Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, NNPC, Abuja, Nigeria’s capital on Thursday, June 20, 2019.
“President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Mr. Mele Kolo Kyari as the new Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC),” the statement read, adding that the appointment takes effect from July 7, 2019.
Kyari, who replaces Dr. Maikanti Baru as NNPC GMD, will be the “19th Group Managing Director of the National Oil Company,” the statement added.
Moments after the news of the appointment went viral, Nigerians took to the micro-blogging site, Twitter, to air their opinions on the appointment.
Naija News captured some of the reactions below…
@GovWike @ONdigbo @UN @POTUS
This is not fair where Buhari is President & Minister of Petroleum,Lawan Senate President, Baru GMD ,now be replaced by Mele Kyari to manage oil resources of Eastern Region.These hostile appointments are nauseating, irritating and utterly vexatious https://t.co/rOBTmq8rIa
— Inon (@IEKULIDE) June 20, 2019
>>Abba Kyari – Chief of Staff
>>Mele Kyari – NNPC GMD
>>Ms. Aisha Abba-Kyari – Assistant Vice President, Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA)
Welcome to the Federal Republic of Kyari
And where are the APC Online Herdsmen?
— Lere Olayinka – Aresa 1 (@OlayinkaLere) June 20, 2019
Mele Kyari, the new @NNPCgroup GMD is not related to the outgoing Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari.
Why are PDP e-rats too dull to do small research? Haba, Malam!
— TracyChels (@ChelsTracy) June 20, 2019
BREAKING: Buhari sacks Maikanti Baru, appoints Mele Kyari as NNPC GMD.
Me: Another Northerner? Non of my business sha
— Egbelo Ntebri Edward (@eddyegbelo92) June 20, 2019
Buhari Fires A Northerner Maikanti Baru, Hires A Northerner Mele Kyari As NNPC GMD.
That corrupt Maikanti is out but the president has shown that for him, every appointment must go to the North
This is the second appointment. Ahmed Idris as AGF yesterdayhttps://t.co/GCryGXxJK5 pic.twitter.com/6SGaZPtBfC
— Eniola Daniel (@ItsEniolaDaniel) June 20, 2019
Mele kyari to take over as new GMD NNPC ……Interesting!
— Engr. Lawal M. (@lawal02) June 20, 2019
It's Mele Kyari now. If I speak in in big trouble
— Ayobami (@dondekojo) June 20, 2019
Mele Kyari as expected, the autonomy and power he had in that COMD was indicative of something.
— Kiko (@Ibgreenson) June 20, 2019
Why is difficult to do needful about your news headline??? Let me help you…..
President Buhari appoints Mele Kyari as NNPC GMD https://t.co/U4QiYOd9ok
— PLANETABY® (@planetaby) June 20, 2019
President Buhari has approved the appointment of mai mele kyari as the NEW GMD NNPC. Mai mele kyari hail from Maiduguri Northeastern part of the country.
I felicitate with you sir !!!
— Dr.Hafeez Mukhtar jahun (@HafeezJahun) June 20, 2019
Dear Online Herdsmen, Buhari has appointed Abba Kyari’s brother, Mele Kyari as NNPC GMD. Mele Kolo Kyari who hails from Borno State, North-East Nigeria will take over from Dr. Maikanti Baru.
They won't consider you for anything because they see you as online thugs.😆😅😀
— Debola (@dbola01) June 20, 2019
Buhari's presidency has consistently demonstrated nepotism in his governance of Nigeria, it will be unwise to exclude nepotism in his decisions & actions.
The newly appointed GMD of NNPC, Mele Kyari, is from the… https://t.co/F4fM1vLqVI
— Owoeye David (@davoshalom) June 20, 2019
~ Mallam Abba Kyari is a Member of the Board of NNPC.
~ Mele Kyari has just been appointed GMD & Member of the Board of NNPC
Nigeria is a joke.
NNPC ko KFPC (Kyari Family Petroleum Corporation) ni. pic.twitter.com/L7rnmFHNe6
— The Jonathanian (@The_Jonathanian) June 20, 2019
Silently positioning themselves!
let's wait for their apologists to come and defend them!
Mele Kyari, the new NNPC GMD
who is the current group General manager, crude marketing division, will assume office as NNPC GMD on July 7. To replace Maikanti Bam,who was appointed in 2016 pic.twitter.com/wk5QP0sO16
— Olushola Olufolabi (@olushola_shola) June 20, 2019
Dear Wailers, Before you start, No and No and No, Mele Kyari is not Abba Kyari’s Son. Please spare us that headache right now. Mele Kyari is a career NNPC Staff. Thank you
— Mu'awiyyah Muye (@MP_Muye) June 20, 2019
Mr.Mele Kyari will take over from Baru as GMD of NNPC. North East is mafiaso on rampage.
— John Danfulani (@john_danfulani) June 20, 2019
Abba Kyari – Chief of Staff
Mele Kyari – NNPC GMD
Ms. Aisha Abba-Kyari -Assistant Vice President, Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA)
And some APC E-rat, will not stop praising a failed government,
Buhari have turned Nigeria into a family business,
— Saint Henrymoore (@mooreslink) June 20, 2019