President will probe minister — Presidency

President Goodluck Jonathan will soon order relevant government agencies to investigate the purchase of two bulletproof vehicles for the Minister of Aviation, Ms Stella Oduah.

The vehicles valued at a whopping $1.6m (about N225m) were said to have been delivered to Oduah in August by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority.

Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Ahmed Gulak, in an interview with our correspondent on Friday said Jonathan would not shield the minister.

Gulak, however, said the President would not take a decision on the fate of the embattled minister based on media reports.

He said Jonathan’s decision would be based on verifiable facts, which could only be achieved when relevant government agencies investigate the matter.

The presidential aide said Jonathan would not hesitate to show anybody found guilty of corruption or impunity the way out of his government.

He assured Nigerians that the President was on top of the situation.

He did not, however, disclose when the President would order the probe. He also did not name the agencies that would probe the allegation.

Gulak said, “I can assure you that President Jonathan will not shield the minister or any government official for that matter if he receives information that is true.

“In this particular instance, the reports are in the media. But media reports are not enough to act on.

“The President is on top of the situation. He will direct appropriate authorities to investigate the matter.

“Anybody found wanting in terms of corruption or impunity, President Jonathan will not hesitate to show such person the way out of his government.

“The most important thing is that such decision must be based on facts as provided by appropriate government agencies that will investigate, not based on media reports.”

Some stakeholders in the aviation industry and civil society groups had on Thursday called on the nation’s anti-corruption agencies to investigate the matter.
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  1. All na lie. Nothing and absolutely nothing will come out of the probe. Stella Oduah will still remain as minister. No be Naija again. Did anything happen to dieziani or that oteh woman and others? The nigerian govt encourages corruption, so GEJ and his crew should stop deceiving us.

  2. D president, presidency, & d minister are all stupid & good for nothing.

  3. Which fact do you need? Stella has agreed the car was purchased. Oh Jonathan!! Which kind oga you be? Eiee. Please save face and do the right thing. Ask Stella to resign since she has no shame.

  4. Meaning the president chooses who to probe & who not to probe. Then i must be a fool to think that EFCC & ICPC are independent agencies. Does he need to tell them to do their work when the procurement act is clear on this. I Wonder The Kind of Corruption The Government Is Fight.


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