President Muhammadu Buhari has said highly skilled engineers are involved in oil pipeline vandalism.
President Buhari stated this on Tuesday during his investiture as the Grand Patron of the Nigerian Academy of Engineering (NAE) at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
His word: “If I will go in the negative side, how can an ordinary Nigerian go into the sea, 70 kilometres or more, go down two meters and blow up oil installations that cannot be an ordinary Nigerian.
“So, I hope you will appeal to your colleagues to make sure that what we have built, they should regard it whether they are working with multi-nationals or the government.”
However, the President absolved engineers of complicity in the country’s infrastructural deficit, and the bad state of refineries.
“It will be wrong to fault Nigerian engineers for the failure of refineries. You should blame the political leadership. How can you build and not know how to maintain an asset.
“I think that if Nigerian Engineers are denied their roles, it is not the fault of the profession. It is the fault of some individual governments,” he said.