The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, on Sunday, said the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha has abandoned his responsibilities and “has demoted himself to the role and functions of the rabidly partisan spokesperson of the President Muhammadu Buhari”.
In a statement issued on Sunday by its national coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko, HURIWA requested Buhari to appoint a technocrat to head the SGF office and redirect Mustapha “to his best suited position as the spokesperson of the Muhammadu Buhari’s 2019 re-election campaign council”.
The group recalled that the current SGF had while attending a private dinner hosted by erstwhile governor of Abia, Orji Kalu, announced that Buhari will seek re-election, and asked the SGF to refund his salaries and allowances for allegedly derailing soon after his inauguration as the federation’s scribe.
According to the statement, “This is the same SGF who couldn’t clean up a list of board members drawn up by his principal and the ruling party in which both the living and the dead took center stage.
“This same secretary to the government of the federation has so far preferred to play parochial politics when there is gravely frosty relation between the Parliament and his Principal, instead of using his goodwill and good office to find amicable resolution of this frustrating and negative infighting between the Central parliament and the Presidency.
“He has started dining and winning with even politically exposed persons some of whom are facing several charges of graft filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, so he can have the ample time and media mileage to announce to a starving nation that President Buhari will seek re-election even when the person of the President has maintained conspiratorial silence.
“This is the SGF of a government under whose poor supervision a cabinet minister allegedly bought for himself expensive housing assets in a choice area of the nation’s capital and he has done nothing by way of ordering a probe but he keeps disturbing the peace and serenity of Nigerians with his busybody announcements of Buhari’s 2019 aspiration.
“Such an unfit and improper person should be fixed where he is best suited and not kept in such a high office whereby taxpayers money are used to maintain a mouthpiece of one of the prospective Presidential candidate. The same change should happen at the office of the Transportation minister who has since stopped working as Transportation minister whilst the entire Federal Roads infrastructures have collapsed and the Railways are still moribund.”
HURIWA also criticised the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi for “jumping ship as a minister to become a full time All Progressives Congress party orgainiser and the Director General of the Buhari campaign council thereby letting the Transportation sector to deteriorate to a level of absolute dysfunctionality and collapse”.
It lambasted the Transportation minister for turning himself into the official political ‘irritant’ of Rivers state who keeps parading around Rivers state with armed battalion of soldiers and Police men to harass, intimidate and disturb the properly, democratically functional state administration of Governor Nyesom Wike.
The rights group urged Buhari to “appoint a competent Nigerian to head the beleaguered and dysfunctional Federal Ministry of Transportation to save Nigeria from any possible aviation disasters following series of invasions of airports across the Country by cattle and herdsmen and the series of incidents such as the falling off of the door of the Dana Airline whilst the plane was taxiing”.
It said “the Transportation and Aviation ministry lacks proper coordination and effective supervision because the Senior minister is busy playing partisan politics whereas the junior minister is junketing and globetrotting searching for aviation affiliated seminars and conferences to attend in World capital cities of London, New York, Germany, Canada and Japan”.