Buhari’s ‘Rugged’ Men Celebrate The Sack Of Top Aide, Declare That There Are No Sacred Cows In APC

By Post-Nigeria: September 20, 2019 09:33

Buhari’s ‘Rugged’ Men Celebrate The Sack Of Top Aide, Declare That There Are No Sacred Cows In APC

The Buhari Media Organisation, BMO, has stated that the President Muhammadu Buhari administration will not shy away from its total commitment to fighting corruption, and declared that there will be no sacred cows in the course of the fight.

According to the BMO, the decision to relieve Winifred Oyo-Ita of her position as the Head of Service of the Federation, is another proof that this government would not allow people with questions to answer, to remain in Office longer than necessary.

In a statement signed by its Chairman, Niyi Akinsiju, and Secretary, Cassidy Madueke, the BMO said that the action is bound to send clear signals to public office holders, on consequences for misdemeanours under the watch of President Buhari.

“This is another sign of the President‘s zero-tolerance for acts such as that which Mrs. Oyo-Ita is being investigated for by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

“Buhari has on several occasions, maintained that the anti-corruption stance of his administration is non-negotiable, and it is quite clear that he will not tolerate any iota of verifiable scandal among key government Officials.

“In this case, the anti-graft Agency had been investigating Mrs. Oyo-Ita over an alleged N3 billion contract scam, abuse of duty tour allowance, money laundering, among others, during her previous position of Permanent Secretary.

“So, like President Buhari did in the ‘grass cutting scandal’, when he sacked the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal, for allegedly defrauding the Federal Government to the tune of five hundred million naira (N500 million), he had no misgivings about sending Oyo-Ita on an indefinite leave.

“It is also somewhat ironic that the former HoS was relieved of her job on the same day that the EFCC presented a key prosecution witness in continuation of the trial of the former SGF.

“All these are enough proof that the Buhari administration is not prepared to look the other way and ignore cases of financial misdemeanours against top government Officials, at the same time that some members of the previous administrations were standing trial”, it said.

The BMO, also said that the delay in taking action on the former Head of Service, even after news of the investigation broke, is a reflection of the painstaking way the administration conducts its activities.

“We have seen how opposition elements and their supporters push false narratives of an alleged bid by some unnamed Presidency Officials to shield Babachir Lawal of prosecution, even after he was indicted by the House of Representatives.

“Yes, it indeed took time before President Buhari acted, but he left no doubt about his readiness to follow due process, by first suspending Babachir Lawal on April 19, 2017, before officially relieving him of all duties on October 30, 2017, for misappropriating funds intended for alleviating the food crisis in Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps, in North-East Nigeria.

“And in Oyo-Ita’s case, there were suggestions that she had turned in her resignation letter, a few weeks ago, but the Presidency rejected it until now that unexpectedly a statement was issued announcing that she was proceeding on indefinite leave, to allow for completion of investigations.