Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council’s Call for Accountability
In a recent press briefing held in Enugu, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide, a prominent Igbo socio-cultural organization, has made a fervent appeal to President Bola Tinubu.
The council, led by its National President, Mazi Okwu Nnabuike, urged the president to take decisive action by sacking the suspended Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Betta Edu, and her counterpart, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, from the Interior Ministry.
Corruption Allegations and the Need for Sacking
The call for the removal of the two ministers stems from allegations of corruption and impropriety.
Betta Edu faced suspension earlier in the month following revelations in a memo where she requested the transfer of N585 million to a private account.
Similarly, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, the interior minister, is under scrutiny for his company, New Planet Project, allegedly receiving substantial consultancy fees for work related to the scandal-ridden Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs.
Demonstrating Commitment to Fight Corruption
During the press briefing, Mazi Okwu emphasized the necessity for President Tinubu to demonstrate his commitment to fighting corruption in the country.
The Ohanaeze Youths National President stressed that the immediate sacking of Edu and Tunji-Ojo would send a clear signal to other aides and heads of government agencies that there are no sacred cows in the fight against corruption.
Concerns Over Humanitarian Ministry’s Operations
Expressing alarm over the apparent mismanagement and corruption within the Humanitarian Ministry, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council called attention to the plight of Nigerian youths facing unemployment and poverty.
The council expressed concern that the ministry, seemingly established as a “drain pipe,” has allowed a few individuals to benefit at the expense of the common patrimony.
President Tinubu Urged to Take Swift Action
While acknowledging Tunji-Ojo’s positive contributions to the administration, the council emphasized that allegations of financial impropriety had tarnished his reputation.
The plea to President Tinubu is not only to uphold his promise to fight corruption but also to ensure that accountability and transparency prevail in his administration.
A Signal to Others: The Need for Immediate Action
In their concluding remarks, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council emphasized that the removal of Edu and Tunji-Ojo would serve as a powerful message to other aides and heads of government agencies, reinforcing the principle that no one is above accountability in the pursuit of a corruption-free Nigeria.Share on Facebook «||» Share on Twitter «||» Share on Reddit «||» Share on LinkedIn