Tinubu Deserves Commendation For Suspension Of Betta Edu, Says Atiku

Date: 09-01-2024 9:28 pm (4 months ago) | Author: onuigbo felicia
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The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, has commended President Bola Tinubu on the suspension of the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Betta Edu.

In a statement by his Special Assistant, Public Communication, Phrank Shaibu, on Tuesday, Atiku noted that the suspension of the minister was commendable but not enough.

Recall that President Bola Tinubu, on Monday, directed the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ola Olukoyede, to investigate all financial transactions involving the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation.

Edu came under criticism after a leaked memo on December 20, 2023, revealed that she directed the Accountant-General of the Federation, Oluwatoyin Madein, to transfer N585 million to a private account owned by one Oniyelu Bridget, who the ministry claimed currently serves as the Project Accountant, Grants for Vulnerable Groups.

The former Vice President noted that it was unfortunate that a programme that was designed to lift over 100 million Nigerians out of extreme poverty had allegedly become a cash cow for successive All Progressives Congress governments.

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“While Tinubu deserves commendation for suspending Edu, we believe this is a belated move. First, 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?”

Atiku who called for reform of the ministry, alleged that it was not only Betta Edu that was involved in the transactions.

“Betta Edu should not be the fall guy. Others who have remotely and wickedly benefitted from money that was meant for poor Nigerians ought to be fished out, probed, and prosecuted too. It is demonic and tendentiously wicked to steal in the name of the poor.

“There is a need for the government to reform the humanitarian affairs ministry and other interventionist programmes that had become an ATM and POS for those in power,” he said.

He noted that the fact that the previous Humanitarian Affairs Minister, Sadiya Umar Farouq, is also being probed for N37bn fraud was evidence that immediate and urgent actions need to be taken to reform the ministry.

The statement added, “Even during the COVID-19 lockdown, Farouq continued to implement the school feeding programme. She ridiculously claimed that the food would be delivered to the students at home since schools were shut.

“Today, Betta Edu claims that over three million households got N20,000 each during the Yuletide. Sadly, there is no evidence of millions of Nigerians getting such money. This shows that money has just been going into private pockets.

“The scandal that we are contending with is not about Betta Edu, nor about Halima Shehu, or any other person for that matter.

“It is about a problem of systemic corruption through which the APC continues to bleed the treasury, ironically, asphyxiating the poor and vulnerable segment of the country, all in the name of caring for them.

“The APC has weaponised poverty and hunger to control the minds of the vulnerable masses, and it is even worse that they have devised a method to use poverty as an instrument of official corruption.”

Posted: at 9-01-2024 09:28 PM (4 months ago) | Addicted Hero
- gogoman at 9-01-2024 09:47 PM (4 months ago)
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i would have commended him if HE asked DSS to put her for kiri kiri first pending investigation... she should be in JAIL!!! Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes
Posted: at 9-01-2024 09:47 PM (4 months ago) | Grande Master
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- Benti247 at 9-01-2024 10:26 PM (4 months ago)
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They are witch hunting her because she is from Niger Delta. Worst things are being committed by Hausa and Yoruba people in and outside of this Government. Spread the investigations. Probe mostly Yoruba people in this Government who are bragging that this istheir Government.
Posted: at 9-01-2024 10:26 PM (4 months ago) | Gistmaniac
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- Panaki at 10-01-2024 06:07 AM (4 months ago)
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Quote from: Benti247 on  9-01-2024 10:26 PM
They are witch hunting her because she is from Niger Delta. Worst things are being committed by Hausa and Yoruba people in and outside of this Government. Spread the investigations. Probe mostly Yoruba people in this Government who are bragging that this istheir Government.
Benti247 I do not support your opinion that Betta Edu in only being witch hunted simply because she's from Niger Delta. What has ethnic colouration got to do with this?
I'm sure she's not the only one from Niger Delta in this present administration. If Tinubu had issue with people of Niger Delta. I'm sure she'll not make the ministerial list. Nor Akpabio be made the Speaker of the Senate.
Are you saying if someone rob you on the street. While you're chasing him, he shouted "I'm from Niger Delta. Would you turn back and let him go?
Please let's call a spade a spade. Let the EFCC conclude their investigation.  Who knows? She might be found not guilty.
Posted: at 10-01-2024 06:07 AM (4 months ago) | Upcoming
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- Benti247 at 10-01-2024 11:19 AM (4 months ago)
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Quote from: Panaki on 10-01-2024 06:07 AM
Benti247 I do not support your opinion that Betta Edu in only being witch hunted simply because she's from Niger Delta. What has ethnic colouration got to do with this?
I'm sure she's not the only one from Niger Delta in this present administration. If Tinubu had issue with people of Niger Delta. I'm sure she'll not make the ministerial list. Nor Akpabio be made the Speaker of the Senate.
Are you saying if someone rob you on the street. While you're chasing him, he shouted "I'm from Niger Delta. Would you turn back and let him go?
Please let's call a spade a spade. Let the EFCC conclude their investigation.  Who knows? She might be found not guilty.


She is INNOCENT and Tinubu knows it. Her suspension is gradually rocking Tinubu's boat. Sacking her will definitely sink it.
Posted: at 10-01-2024 11:19 AM (4 months ago) | Gistmaniac
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- smart61 at 10-01-2024 12:09 PM (4 months ago)
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Quote from: Benti247 on  9-01-2024 10:26 PM
They are witch hunting her because she is from Niger Delta. Worst things are being committed by Hausa and Yoruba people in and outside of this Government. Spread the investigations. Probe mostly Yoruba people in this Government who are bragging that this istheir Government.
..THIS IS THE MOST FOOLISH AND LACK OF INTELLIGENCE COMMENTS 2024.. NA WAOOO. NAIJA PEOPLE!!!!
Posted: at 10-01-2024 12:09 PM (4 months ago) | Gistmaniac
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- OmoNobaUku at 10-01-2024 03:49 PM (4 months ago)
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He absolutely must be applauded for his decisive and swift, zero tolerance action.
Posted: at 10-01-2024 03:49 PM (4 months ago) | Gistmaniac
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