BUA Pens Open Letter to the Presidency on Abuse of Power by A Serving Minister & Plans to Sabotage Operation of BUA Cement
The Executive Chairman/CEO, BUA Group, Abdulsamad Rabiu has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene and investigate acts of sabotage against BUA Cement operations by Dangote Group in connivance with top officials of the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development.
This was contained in a letter dated December 4, 2017, signed by Abdulsamad Rabiu to President Buhari titled, “A Cry for Help: Wanton Abuse of Power by a serving Minister geared towards sabotaging operations of BUA Cement”where BUA accused the Ministry of Mines and Steel under the watchful eyes of the Honourable Minister of trying to divert the course of justice in a dispute between two of the nation’s economic juggernauts – BUA Group and Dangote Group.
BUA, in the letter, also stated that Dangote Group had connived with top Government officials of the Ministry of Mines and Steel including using thugs and agents of the state to ensure that operations at BUA Cement in Okpellawere disrupted despite a suit pending before a Federal High Court due for hearing on December 5 and 6, 2017.
Furthermore, BUA in their letter, recounted that some armed militia said to be loyal to Dangote Group and his cohorts had unleashed mayhem on the over US$1billion dollar cement manufacturing plant with the intent to destroy properties worth millions of dollars before the timely intervention of BUA security personnel and security agencies who ensured that no live was lost in the illegal invasion.
The letter said that in what can only be acts of impunity, cronyism and corruption, pressure has been mounted on top government officials to force BUA Group to relinquish its mining area to Dangote Group and this was again manifested when senior officials of the ministry and high ranking Police officers stormed the mining area of BUA Cement to enforce a ‘Stop Work’ order on November 29, 2017 despite another a strongly worded letter from BUA’s lawyers to the ministry refuting the claims made in the order.
In the letter, Rabiu described the invasion of BUA Cement in Okpella, Edo State as a calculated attempt to undermine operations in and around BUA Cement monopolize the cement industry in a democracy and a free market which is not suitable for the growth nation’s economy as it would lead to the increase in price of the commodity, the cost of construction and housing delivery across the country. This, he said. will also jeopardize the peace and security of the State.
He, however, affirmed to President Buhari that BUA Group as a responsible, responsive and law-abiding corporate body will continue to provide the necessary boost for the Nigerian economy to grow in line with the extant law of the country.
According to the letter, “We are writing to your Excellency, the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as our last recourse in view of recent clandestine actions, activities and conduct of a senior minister, the Honourable Minister of Mines and Steel Development (herein referred to as the Minister) in collaboration with Dangote Group and their cohorts capable of undermining peace and security in Edo State and operations in and around our BUA Cement Okpella Plant.