… Urges Nigerians to Monitor Government Affairs Closely
The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has asserted that the President may potentially reinstate Ms. Betta Edu, the suspended Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty.
This is following the revelation made by a top official of the current administration who has disclosed that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu is under immense pressure from governors of All Progressives Congress and some top national Assembly lawmakers to reinstate Ms. Betta Edu, the disgraced and suspended Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation.
HURIWA recalled that last month, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation Ms. Betta Edu, was suspended from office by President Bola Tinubu following public outrage over the disclosure that she authorised the payment of N585.2 million public funds into a private account in violation of financial transparency laws.
The Rights group cautioned that recalling her without any kind of administrative sanctions would show that President Tinubu nurtures corruption and abuse power – a position contrary to section 15(5) Constitution which mandates abolishing corrupt practices and abuse power.
In a statement released by its National Coordinator Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, HURIWA accused Presidency for waiting until Nigerians forget about allegations against suspended minister before reinstating her back into office; an act that violates constitutional obligation as it clouds his partisan considerations with conflict interests.
The group suggested Federal Government investigate claims alleging illegality in payment of public funds into private accounts prevalent across several ministries, departments & agencies (MDAs). Govspend data reviewed shows at least N159.6 billion paid into private accounts by MDAs in six years.
HURIWA noted violators include Office SGF, Ministry Women Affairs & Finance Budget National Planning among other parastatals while condemning EFCC for committing similar infractions despite being an anti-graft commission whose mandate should be above board like Ceaser’s wife.
The right group urged the president to constitute judicial commission inquiry recommending effective swift decisive prosecution bringing all culprits who made payments public funds into private hands guilty offense office federal attorney general justice for prosecution while warning against pardoning suspended Minister on baseless grounds offence prevalent many ministerial agencies requiring clean sweep guilty persons out bureaucracy Federal government.
HURIWA expressed concern over matter involving suspended Minister being swept under carpet given most Nigerians have forgotten messy affairs in Humanitarian Affairs & Poverty Alleviation Ministry where EFCC recovered N30 billion diverted private accounts while urging Nigerians to remain vigilant and closely monitor government affairs if they want to experience good governance in their lifetime.