Sack Ministers Derailing Transformation Agenda-HURIWA
President Good luck Jonathan has been urged to immediately sack some ministers in his cabinet that have become so notorious for engaging in partisan campaign towards their governorship aspirations at the disadvantage of executing salient aspects of the current Federal Government's transformation agenda which are targeted towards radical infrastructural development across board.
HURIWA blamed this diversion of ministerial attention and resources for individual campaign events by the key ministers for the ballooning poverty and the general collapse of social services across the country even as it appealed to the President to rescue the nation immediately. Besides, HURIWA said it was unconstitutional and immoral for holders of public offices such as ministers to use public fund and time to pursue their personal political agenda.
A democracy focused Non-Governmental Organization- HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA[HURIWA] which made the observation in a statement signed jointly by the National Coordinator Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and the National Media Affairs Director Miss. Zainab Yusuf, said it was in the best national interest that ministers in the cabinet occupying very strategic beats are not given the 'political franchise' to deploy public fund in their custody by virtue of their high profile positions to thwart and demolish the good transformation agenda of the Federal Government while servicing their own selfish political interest towards the forthcoming 2015 general elections.
The Rights group stated that from extensive research and opinion polls conducted by some of her members spread across the Country, it has come to our notice that virtually 35 percent of the members of the current Federal Cabinet of President Good luck Jonathan have elevated their selfish pro-2015 governorship ambitions far and above the national and public interest of executing to its finality the substantial programs and projects encompassed in the current Federal Government's agenda for the transformation of the gravely dilapidated and dysfunctional infrastructural facilities across the six geopolitical zone of the Nigerian state. HURIWA has therefore called on Government of President Jonathan to grant these ministers the liberty of deploying their own time and resources to pursue their self centered political agenda by compelling them to either resign forthwith or be sacked immediately.
HURIWA stated that so far it has identified the ministers of Federal Capital Territory Administration Alhaji Bala Mohammed and the supervising minister of Aviation and minister of state for trade- Dr. Orthom as some of the most vocal ministers known to have commenced active consultations and political campaign towards the promotion of their respective gubernatorial aspirations in Bauchi and Benue States respectively even as it has condemned the recent outing in Bauchi specifically in which the current minister of the FCT was quoted in the media to have distributed vehicles to some persons identified in some reports as his 'campaign coordinators'.
The group also stated that the supervising minister of Aviation and the minister of state for Trade/commerce Dr. Samuel Orthom was recently seen in the media attending a thanksgiving service in Benue state whereby he clearly solicited for the support of the Benue electorate to enable him realize his governorship ambition by 2015.
HURIWA said thus; ” Mr. President is called upon to immediately appoint a substantive Aviation minister who would continue and complete the good radical turn around of facilities started by the immediate past minister Ms. Stella Odua because we have noticed that as soon as she was forced out of office the so-called supervising minister of aviation has stopped paying ay further attention to these strategic facelift of facilities at the nation's airports but instead has devoted substantial ministerial time to oil his gubernatorial campaign project in Benue state. In Abuja, there is general decay of infrastructure and social services have gone comatose even as destitute and all kinds of illegal aliens posing security threats have returned back to the major streets of Abuja while the minister is always away on campaign trips to his home state of Bauchi. While we don't oppose any political ambition, we are against the deployment of public fund or time by serving ministers to engage in their personal political projects while the national interest suffers.”