The presidential candidate of the Labour Party in the 2023 elections, Peter Obi, has called on President Bola Tinubu not to spare anybody found culpable in the alleged scandal involving the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Betta Edu.
Taking to his verified X-handle yesterday, he said the government should go beyond the suspension of the minister and carry out a comprehensive investigation into the matter.
He described Mrs. Edu’s suspension as a welcome development, as he called on the government to give the problem of public sector corruption severe urgency.
Mr. Obi also expressed disappointment, saying the ministry, which was created in good faith to attend to the plight of the suffering masses, was being turned into a conduit pipe to steal from the poor, as seen in the current and previous ministers of the ministry.
Obi called on the Tinubu administration to use these cases to initiate a thorough system-wide and systematic investigation of all reported cases of fraud and corruption among high government officials in the country.
Edu had come under criticism from Nigerians for ordering the transfer of N585.2 million into the private bank account of a civil servant, who is the accountant in charge of grants for vulnerable Nigerians.
The minister had issued a memo to the Accountant General of the Federation in December 2023, ordering the said amount to be paid into the civil servant’s private bank account.