By Ckuwudi Nweje
Head of the Centre for Anti-corruption and Open Leadership (CACOL), Debo Adeniran, has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to, immediately, sack four ministers in his government, as well as the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation.
Adeniran, who spoke at a press conference on Saturday, December 8, as part of the World Anti-corruption Day, said only through this would Buhari retain the respect as well as meet the yearnings and aspirations of those who elected him in 2015.
According to Adeniran, those the president should sack are Babatunde Fashola, Kemi Adeosun, Abubakar Malami, Abdulrahman Dambazau and Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita.
Fashola is the minister in charge of Power, Works and Housing while Adeosun is in charge of Finance.
Malami is the Justice minister, Dambazau is the Interior minister and Oyo-Ita is the HoS.
Adeniran said the cabinet members have continued to act as if they were planted in the administration to cause havoc and make Buhari a failure.
The CACOL boss alleged Fashola has failed in the three ministries he handles. He said all the major roads in the country have collapsed, except those personally constructed by state governments.
He also lamented how Fashola reportedly declared that Nigerians would have to pay more for consuming electricity. For Adeosun, Adeniran said the minister has not met expectations just as he accused Malami of being a clog in the wheel of progress.
He claimed that Malami has constantly hindered the government from taking back looted funds and frustrated the country’s anti-corruption drive.
“You can remember he was also fingered in the Abdulrasheed Maina reinstatement scandal. For Oyo-Ita and Dambazau, their sins, according to Adeniran, is that they cannot claim not to be aware of “how Maina was reinstated through the backdoor.”
Adeniran also rated the country low in anti-corruption and noted that there has been confusion among the various anti-corruption agencies in the country.
“The most recent example is that involving the botched attempt by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to arrest retired director generals of the Department of State Services (DSS) and the National Intelligence Agency (NIA).
“Acting on a warrant of arrest issued after the failure of both ex-DGs to honour invitations with the EFCC, the agency made an attempt to execute the warrant of arrest which also included a search warrant to search their residences.
“The EFCC operatives were, however, prevented from executing the warrants by DSS officers, a situation which led to a stand-off, which lasted more than 10 hours in broad daylight!
“This arrogant display of official lawlessness is not only reprehensible but an indictment on the president and his failure to walk his talk on the anti-corruption campaign,” CACOL said and alleged that the crises which led to the recent suspension of Director General of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Mounir Gwarzo, is the result of a battle of supremacy between him and Adeosun.
The organisation called on the president to address recent internal sabotages against government’s anti-corruption war.
“We call on the president to re-jig this non-performing cabinet. The combined ministries of Power, Works and Housing have been lukewarm and help vigorously as leakage for corruption,” CACOL said.
Regardless, last week, Adeosun revealed how suspended Gwarzo threatened to blackmail her and leak some documents on the probe of OANDO, an indigenous oil firm, to the media.