Two of President Muhammadu Buhari's top officials have been asked to resign for mismanaging the country's economy. A House of Representatives panel made the call yesterday after minister of finance, Kemi Adeosun, and Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor, Godwin Emefiele failed to appear before it.
The top government officials were supposed to appear before the panel set up to investigate how the N700 billion bail-out funds given to some state governments by the federal government, Chairman of the ad-hoc committee, Rep Sadiq Ibrahim (APC, Adamawa) made the call yesterday following failure of the duo to personally appear at the committee’s session.
He also called for the resignation of the Director General of the Debt Management Office (DMO), Abraham Nwankwo.
Adeosun did not send any representative, but Emefiele delegated an executive director in the apex bank, Umar Abubakar, to represent him, while the DG of DMO was represented by Oladele Afolabi. But the lawmakers rejected the representatives.
“The attitudes of these top government officials show who is mismanaging the economy of the country. Nigerians should rise up and call for their resignation immediately,” the lawmaker said.
“If it is to bring virement, they would rush down, but now that they are to come and explain to Nigerians how the bail-out fund running into over N700bn was disbursed, they are sending representatives; they are only interested in borrowing. This has to stop.” the lawmaker added.
Other members of the committee who spoke at the session lamented the absence of the trio, describing it as unacceptable in view of the quantum of money given out to states as bail-out, Dailytrust reported.
The committee therefore directed the three officials to physically appear before it and provide all relevant documents on the bailout funds.