President Tinubu’s Chief of Staff, Femi Gbajabiamila, Targeted in Ongoing Scandal Surrounding Suspended Minister Betta Edu

President Tinubu’s Chief of Staff, Femi Gbajabiamila, Targeted in Ongoing Scandal Surrounding Suspended Minister Betta Edu

Recent Developments Uncover Coordinated Effort to Implicate Femi Gbajabiamila

Recent events indicate a deliberate attempt by influential figures both inside and outside the Presidential Villa to involve Femi Gbajabiamila, Chief of Staff to President Bola Tinubu, in the affairs of the suspended Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Betta Edu.

This revelation follows a series of leaked memos from the ministry, coinciding with Edu’s suspension and the ongoing investigation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Contentious Memo Sparks Outrage

A memo dated December 18, 2023, originating from the Office of the Chief of Staff to the President, exposed President Tinubu’s approval of N3 billion from the COVID-19 Palliative Fund for the verification of the National Social Register.

The leaked memo triggered widespread reactions on social media, with Nigerians expressing outrage over the perceived allocation of funds.

Clarification by Presidential Aide

In response to the public uproar, Bayo Onanuga, the Special Adviser on Information and Strategy to the President, clarified that President Tinubu directly approved the N3 billion, countering insinuations of Gbajabiamila’s involvement.

An anonymous presidential aide suggested that the release of such memos is likely to continue, with Gbajabiamila being the primary target of these revelations.

Efforts to Tie Gbajabiamila to Betta Edu Investigation

The anonymous source emphasized that the Chief of Staff did not convey his approval but rather communicated President Tinubu’s decision, following the established practice.

The memo’s release is seen as an attempt to link Gbajabiamila to the ongoing investigation into Betta Edu.

The President, relying on the integrity of his Chief of Staff, has set up an investigation team to evaluate the Humanitarian ministry’s actions.

President’s Vote of Confidence

Recalling a Federal Executive Council meeting on October 30, 2023, President Tinubu expressed absolute confidence in Femi Gbajabiamila, acknowledging the ongoing campaign to tarnish his reputation.

The President asserted that any mistakes would be acknowledged and reiterated his unwavering support for his Chief of Staff.

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