Phrank Shaibu, the Special Assistant to former Vice President Atiku Abubakar on Public Communication, has reportedly conveyed his appreciation to President Bola Tinubu for suspending Dr. Betta Edu, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation. This information is reported by Daily Post. Shaibu, however, argues that the suspension is insufficient on its own and highlights the necessity of locating and dealing with accomplices in the purported embezzlement of money intended for Nigerians living in poverty. CONTINUE FULL READING>>>>>
Shaibu’s appreciation for Tinubu’s actions was conveyed in a statement issued on Tuesday. He argues that the suspension of Dr. Edu falls short of addressing the full extent of the scandal, asserting the existence of collaborators who have wrongfully benefited from funds intended for the less fortunate. The suspension followed revelations of a leaked memo indicating a transfer of N585.2 million into a private account belonging to a civil servant responsible for grants to vulnerable Nigerians.
Highlighting his perspective on the matter, Shaibu questions the initial appointment of Dr. Edu to such a crucial ministry, criticizing Tinubu for prioritizing political considerations over competence. He raises concerns about Edu’s qualifications and contrasts them with the experience of Imaan Ibrahim, who, in his view, was overlooked despite having a more extensive background in the development sector.
Shaibu, in his statement, said: “Firstly, he had no business appointing her as a minister of such a sensitive ministry in the first place. Tinubu put politics ahead of competence, hence this scandal. What experience did Betta have in the development sector? How was Imaan Ibrahim, with her wealth of experience, overlooked? How did the Chief of Staff to the President, Femi Gbajabiamila, stand as Betta Edu’s referee during her clearance at the Senate?”
He strongly emphasized that Betta Edu was not the sole participant in the scandal, and he urged the President to instruct the anti-corruption agencies to thoroughly investigate a company owned by the Minister of Interior, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo. This company had provided consultancy services amounting to N438.1 million. CONTINUE FULL READING>>>>>