Oduahgate: Presidency Needs To Speak up

January 19 05:32 2014 Print This Article

Tunde Babalola

I have been weary to continue to join issues with the Presidency over the case of the embattled Minister of Aviation, Stella Oduah, but I am worried like other Nigerians over the continued silence of President Goodluck Jonathan over the fate of the embattled minister.

We were all happy when our President confirmed not too long after he set up the three man committee to probe the alleged N255m bulletproof car scandal in the aviation ministry that the committee has submitted its report but the prolong silence on the matter is worrisome.

I believe as we are in the New Year when politics and politicking would be at the highest ebb, our amiable President should not give the opposition any opportunity to link him with any corrupt acts, and continued shielding the report may not do the Presidency and the perceived ambition over 2015 any good.

Even if the committee decide to sit on the fence without any recommendation, I believe our listening President need to act on this matter to proof a point that he has no hand in the matter, at least to shut up all those who may want to use the issue as a reference point when the campaign for 2015 started that the president is corrupt.

I am one of those who rooted for Ms Oduah as a reformer in the aviation sector, she had done wonderfully well at the Aviation Ministry but this clock in the wheel of progress is too weighty than the Presidency turning a blind eyes.

More so when indications had emerged in the public domain that she the committee set up over the issue had indicted her.

Also the recent revelation concerning the embattled minister should be a clear case to the presidency that no matter how good she is in handling her job, the presidency needs to speak up on her. It would be recalled that the embattled minister had barely escaped the heat generated by her purported involvement in a scandal surrounding the purchase of N255m bulletproof cars in an agency under her ministry than allegations surfaced in the social media that she lied about her educational qualifications as contained in her curriculum vitae.

All these are pointer for prompt action that Ms Stella Oduah is no longer an asset to presidency but liability!

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