Corruption: Buhari Allegedly Orders Amaechi, Fashola, Abba Kyari To Resign


President Muhammadu Buhari has allegedly ordered the resignation of two ministers serving in his cabinet alongside his Chief of Staff over various allegations of corruption.

DAILY POST reports that the serving ministers are; the Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi, Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola and the President’s Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari.

According to a Presidential Villa source, President Buhari was worried that having these persons in his cabinet could fault his personality and frustrate the present anti-corruption war.

Reminding them of his earlier warning that any of his appointees who gets sacked would be prosecuted, the President, therefore, advised them to quietly resign. The inside source adds that President Buhari has been patiently waiting for them to resign.

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Previously, there has been several allegations of corruption against Rotimi Amaechi. On Sunday, May 15, 2016, ‘The Mail Daily’ a leading UK newspaper had published a report revealing how Rotimi Amaechi, a former governor of Rivers state allegedly looted Nigeria’s treasury.

In the report, President Muhammadu Buhari’s ‘fantastically corrupt’ friend, had allegedly spent over $140 million on the president’s 2015 campaign and accused of stealing £500 million.

Also, a Judicial Commission of Inquiry in Rivers State had allegedly indicted the former governor for looting the treasury of the state, when he served as Governor for eight years. But Amaechi had denied all these allegations.

On the other hand, the Minister of Power, Babatunde Fashola, had similarly been petitioned over mismanagement of Lagos state funds. Recall that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, was petitioned by the Civil Society Network Against Corruption, a coalition of anti-corruption organisations in Nigeria, over alleged “questionable expenditures” of the administration of Babatunde Fashola. The minister allegedly approved N78.3 million from the state’s treasury for an upgrade of his personal website before he left office, an allegation he had since denied.

In the same vein, the Chief of Staff (CoS) to the President, Abba Kyari, has been accused of taking N500m from operators of MTN to help the telecommunications giant mitigate the fine imposed on it by the federal government.

Abba Kyari also allegedly entangled in a deal where he took money from Jide Omokore, a shady businessman who was allegedly involved in the oil sector corruption during the preceding administration.

However, the Senior Special Adviser to the president on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu declined any comments on this report when DAILY POST contacted him. Likewise, efforts to get a confirmation from both Amaechi and Fashola’s camp proved futile as at the time of reporting.

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Meanwhile, Fashola has tasked journalists to come up with solutions to address the challenges of fake news dissemination in the country.

The Minister made the call when the Oyo State Chapter of the Nigeria Union of Journalist (NUJ) led by its Chairman, Mr Adewumi Faniran visited him in Abuja on Tuesday.

Stressing that the media was an indispensable tool for securing a democratic institution, Fashola described the visit as timely, considering the need to address the problems of fake news dissemination.

“We grew up in era when news was news; we are now in an era where we are learning how to deal with fake news and how to fight fake news.

“I spent the last few days listening to features on global television teaching people how to identify fake news.

“So, I challenge you to find a solution that works to address the ugly trend,” Fashola said.

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The minister further reiterated his ministry’s commitment to do its best to implement the policies and programmes of the Federal Government to better the lots of Nigerians.

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