Lagos - Pressure is mounting on President Goodluck Jonathan to dismiss Aviation Minister, Stella Oduah, following the alleged purchase of N255m bullet-proof cars.
In an interview with CAJ News, President of the Nigeria Bar Association: Ikeja Branch, Onyekachi Ubani, said that the president refusal to sack the minister is a clear indication that government is not serious about fighting corruption.
Ubani said that having been indicted by the House, the “most reasonable” thing for the minister to do was to resign.
“That woman has no moral ground to continue to head that crucial sector of our economy. She has been indicted of corruption and she must go. A very serious government would have even considered prosecuting her in the law court. This is just too bad for our image as a country,” he said.
Two activists group, Fight Against Corruption (FAC) and Movement Against Social and Economic injustice (MASE) also joined the call for Oduah’s sack.
In a joint statement, the groups said that they were planning a nationwide protest to compel the President to dismiss her.
Ogunsaki Tunde signed the statement for FAC while Tunde Lemuel signed on behalf of MASE.
The two groups said they are also collaborating with other non-governmental organization to ensure that the protest achieve its goal of “butting out” the minister.
According to the statement by the groups, the protest would begin next Monday in Lagos and spread to other parts of the country.
Last year, the House of Representative indicted the under-fire minister over her role in the purchase of the said armored vehicles.
The Presidency has not made its position public following the controversy.
– CAJ News