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Ethical Governance at Risk: ‘Don’t reinstate Betta Edu’- CSO urges Tinubu

A civil society organisation, (CSO) National Coalition Against Corruption (NCAC) has strongly advised President Bola Tinubu against the reinstatement of Mrs. Betta Edu as Minister in the Nigerian government, particularly within the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation.

It could be recalled that President Bola Tinubu suspended the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, Betta Edu, following widespread anger over an alleged N585 million scandal.

Also, there have been reportedly subtle moves for the reinstatement of the suspended minister

A statement issued by Amb. Abdullahi Mas’ud, the spokesperson of NCAC, on Tuesday, said issues surrounding Mrs Edu’s tenure raised grave concerns about integrity, transparency, and accountability in public office.

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SOLACEBASE reports that Mas’ud was speaking at an event organized by the Community of Persons with Disability in Nigeria to celebrate the 72nd Birthday of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

Amb. Mas’ud stated that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s (EFCC) investigation into Mrs. Betta Edu’s refusal to adhere to the ethics of governance and management of public funds, specifically her approval for the payment of approximately N585 million into a private account, underscores the need for stringent measures to combat corruption.

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s decision to suspend Mrs. Edu from office following these revelations demonstrates a commitment to upholding the highest standards of governance,’’ the statement said.

According to the statement, the spokesperson of the National Coalition Against Corruption further lamented that allegations against Mrs Edu are deeply troubling, especially in a ministry tasked with addressing the needs of the most vulnerable segments of society.

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‘’The misappropriation of funds intended for poverty alleviation and humanitarian aid represents a betrayal of public trust and undermines efforts to mitigate the effects of economic hardship faced by millions of Nigerians as her actions have delayed the presidents’ policies unnecessarily.’’

The NCAC echoes the sentiments of the Nigerian populace, who demand transparency and accountability from their leaders, particularly in times of economic hardship.

Amb. Abdullahi Mas’ud reiterated that reinstating Mrs Edu as Minister will send the wrong message and erode public confidence in the government’s commitment to combating corruption and promoting the welfare of its citizens.

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The NCAC also commends President Tinubu’s swift action in suspending Mrs. Edu and urged him to uphold the integrity of his administration by ensuring that individuals with questionable ethical conduct are not reinstated to positions of authority.

The NCAC remains vigilant in its pursuit of a corruption-free Nigeria and will continue to advocate for accountability and transparency in governance.

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