Gbajabiamila: Group Reacts to Allegation Linking Tinubu’s Chief of Staff to Betta Edu’s Scandal

Gbajabiamila: Group Reacts to Allegation Linking Tinubu’s Chief of Staff to Betta Edu’s Scandal

  • Femi Gbajabiamila has again been exonerated from the ongoing Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs scandal
  • A leaked memo over the week showed that the President's chief of staff signed a N3 billion fund that has been the bane of controversy
  • However, the Civil Society Coalition for Transparency in Governance (CISCOTIG) said it was an attempt to dent his image

Legit.ng journalist Segun Adeyemi has over 9 years of experience covering political events, civil societies, courts, and metro

FCT, Abuja - The Civil Society Coalition for Transparency in Governance (CISCOTIG) has dismissed efforts to involve Femi Gbajabiamila, the President's Chief of Staff, in investigating the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation.

A jointly signed statement by the group's convener, Comrade Michael Sunday Emaluji, and its secretary and spokesman, Adebayo Lion Ogorry, asserted that Gbajabiamila is not implicated in any wrongdoing.

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A leaked memo has shown that Femi Gbajabiamila was involved in the scandal under investigation at the ministry of humanitarian affairs
The group asserted that the leaked memo was just a flow of administrative duty. Photo Credit: Bola Ahmed Tinubu/Dr Betta Edu/Femi Gbajabiamila
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The statement reads:

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"We have seen tenuous analyses that concluded Gbajabiamila’s guilt simply because he was listed as Betta Edu’s reference on the CV used for her confirmatory screening before the Senate.
"Some surmised that the Chief of Staff was part of the transactions because he is reportedly of the same political sub-bloc as some people who have been insinuated to be connected with the issue. These conjectures have been made to gain ground even though those behind them are aware that they do not have the facts to back up these claims.
"But the most outlandish of these claims is the one that comically concluded that the Chief of Staff is complicit in the transactions being investigated because he forwarded the memo containing President Tinubu’s approval to the suspended Minister for the release of N3 billion for the verification of the National Social Register compiled by the former administration of Muhammadu Buhari."

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The group expressed concern over the apparent misrepresentation of the Chief of Staff's actions in forwarding the President's approvals.

They stated that they find it peculiar that those insinuating misconduct distort the truth, emphasising that it is within the Chief of Staff's role to transmit such approvals to the relevant Ministry, Department, or Agency.

The group characterised the situation as a routine administrative process established over time.

They argued that the current accusations against the Chief of Staff suggest a misunderstanding of his duties, insinuating that hindering his role would result in a backlog of presidential approvals, leading to a halt in governance at the State House.

They appealed to Nigerians to avoid succumbing to the inclination of transforming the inquiry into the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation into a spectacle solely for entertainment, emphasising the importance of maintaining seriousness in the investigation.

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Similarly, the Northern Ethnic Group Assembly (NEYGA) has reacted to the scheme linking the Chief of Staff to the President, Femi Gbajabiamila, to Betta Edu's scandal.

NEYGA spokesperson Ibrahim Dan-Musa said the plan is to ridicule the former speaker of the House of Representatives.

Dan-Musa said the northern group would soon expose those people behind the evil plan against Gbajabiamila.

Source: Legit.ng

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Segun Adeyemi (Current Affairs and Politics Editor) Segun Adeyemi is a journalist with over 9 years of experience as an active field reporter, editor, and editorial manager. He has had stints with Daily Trust newspaper, Daily Nigerian, and News Digest. He currently works as an editor for Legit.ng's current affairs and politics desk. He holds a degree in Mass Communication (Adekunle Ajasin University). He is a certified digital reporter by Reuters, AFP and the co-convener of the annual campus journalism awards. Email: segun.adeyemi@corp.legit.ng.

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