An anti-corruption activist and public affairs analyst, Olarenwaju Suraj is of the opinion that the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige violated the directive of President Muhammadu Buhari and as such, be removed from office.
Concise News reports that the scheduled inauguration of the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) was postponed indefinitely yesterday, with Frank Kokori’s name omitted when listing those to be inaugurated.
“I think it is not just about Kokori, it’s about some of the individuals that are associated with this government including Ngige. A number of them are not only a disaster to the country, but they are also an embarrassment to the president and the whole anti-corruption agenda of the government.
“It is actually arbitrary for a minister to fail in the inauguration of a board constituted by the presidency and for that reason, it is not in any way, tolerable that the level of insubordination will be tolerated.
“If it was a serious government, Ngige should have been removed automatically from office by the president for that act of insubordination but it seems to be a government of free-for-all,” he says.
Furthermore, Suraj explains that the only question still begging for answer is the failure of the president and the vice president to take any decisive action against “these characters and elements.”
While describing the NSITF as a sect full of corruption, he states that the minister also must have been benefitting from it.
“It is also confirming the fact that the president is not actually in full control of some of his ministers.
“The secretary to the government (Boss Mustapha) should immediately constitute the board and the minister should actually be sacked from office,” he says.
He adds that Minister Ngige cannot conduct any secret inauguration outside those appointed by the Presidency except there is a reversal of such announcement.
“He doesn’t have the power to do that.”