- Okoi Obono-Obla has been asked to resign his position as the special assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on prosecution
- The advise was given to Obono-Obla by a civil society organisation
- The group wants the presidential aide to resign over an indictment by a report of the House of Representatives for result forgery and misuse of public funds
- According to the organisation, the continuous presence of Obono-Obla in the cabinet would erode the integrity of the Buhari-led administration
A civil society group on Wednesday, October 3, asked the special assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on prosecution, Okoi Obono-Obla to resign his appointment within 30 days or face mass action.
The Initiative for Integrity and Good Leadership (IIGL) said it will begin a mass action in 30 days if Obono-Obla does not resign.
In a statement issued in Abuja on Wednesday, October 3, by its national president, Muhammadu Aliyu, the group noted that the continuous presence of the Presidential aide in the cabinet would erode the integrity of the administration known for probity and war against corruption.
The statement followed an indictment of Obono-Obla by a report of the House of Representatives for result forgery and misuse of public funds.
The House Committee on forgery which indicted him of forging his Senior School Certificate Examination result also asked Obono-Obla and members of Special Investigative Panel, which he serves as chairman, to refund N17 million excess funds collected as honoraria for sittings and indicted for violation of the presidential order on flying business class.
Citing a recent statement by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, the group said that such statement gave credence that lawyers with forged documents like Obla have infiltrated public and private places.
Aliyu said the current administration has just earned public commendation with the recent resignation of Kemi Adeosun as the minister of finance after she was found to have allegedly forged the NYSC Exemption certificate.
He said showing Obla the way out will add enormous value to the government than his presence that is making a mockery of the government’s anti-corruption stance
“Aliyu said: "We have watched carefully and patiently too, how since July this year the House Committee report indicted Mr. Obono-Obla of certificate forgery and he is still functioning within the cabinet.
“We are not comfortable with his likes in the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari and it is instructive that he follows the path of honour by just resigning his position. We will mobilize and occupy Abuja just for him to resign and face prosecution. That’s our stand and that we shall do after 30 days from today."
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported Obono-Obla was indicted by a report by the House of Representatives over forgery of his secondary school certificate and wrongful utilisation of public funds.
In its report, the House also asked Obono-Obla and members of Special Investigative Panel, which he serves as chairman to refund N17 million excess funds collected as honoraria for sittings. They were also indicted for violation of the presidential order on flying business class.
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The House had received a petition that the chairman of the presidential panel forged the secondary school certificate with which he used in gaining admission to study Law in the University of Jos.
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