Abuja - The opposition All Progressives Congress has urged President Goodluck Jonathan to fire aviation Minister Aviation Stella Oduah.
Pressure is piling on Oduah following a controversial car deal and a spate of air crashes.
The House of Representatives recently asked the president to review the minister's continued engagement.
'"There is no doubt that the House of Representatives took its stand, which included asking the EFCC to investigate and prosecute all those involved in the scandal, after a painstaking work by its Committee on Aviation.
"This action is commendable and reflects the general opinion of Nigerians on the shameful scandal. Therefore, Oduah has no basis for continued occupation of her post as Minister of Aviation and should step down immediately. If she fails to do so, she should be fired by the President," APC Interim National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, stated.
APC said if the Minister failed to resign and the President refused to fire her, it will confirm the general perception across the country that Jonathan was not ready or willing to fight corruption and that he was "comfortable in the company of corrupt officials and that he would rather cream off the proceeds of."
He said the alleged failure by the President to heed the House of Representatives on the "Oduahgate" would add to his alleged earlier failure to act on the House's decision on the massive oil subsidy scam, and the failure of his administration to bring to justice all those behind the series of corruption cases that have dogged the administration.
"The list is long, and includes the pension scam, the Malabu scandal, the massive corruption in SEC, the Halliburton scandal, the unprecedented crude oil theft and the extensive corruption in the oil sector. The President's decision to hug corruption rather than to fight it has also been reflected in his comments, saying for example that the perception people have about corruption in Nigeria is exaggerated; and that his administration is 'winning' the war against corruption."
Mohammed concluded, "It is now up to President Jonathan to take the fight against corruption seriously and work with other arms of government in combating the canker worm, or go down in the history of the country as the most corrupt administration ever. He can start by acting decisively on the Aviation scandal, and stop using ad-hoc panels to bury corruption cases."
- CAJ News