CSO Gives Obla 30-day Ultimatum to Resign


By Adedayo Akinwale in Abuja

A group, the  Initiative for Integrity and Good Leadership (IIGL) has 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 House of Representatives’ Committee, which had indicted him of forging his Senior School Certificate Examination result, had also asked Obono-Obla and members of the Special Investigative Panel, which he serves as chairman, to refund N17 million excess funds collected as honoraria for sittings.

Its National President Muhammed Aliyu, in a statement yesterday in Abuja 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.

He said that with the recent resignation of Mrs. Kemi Adeosun as the Minister of Finance after she was found to have forged the NYSC Exemption Certificate,  showing Obla the way out will add enormous value to the government.

According to him,  his presence is making a mockery of the government’s anti-corruption stance.

Aliyu stressed that the group would be left with no option than to mobilise its members and well-meaning Nigerians for mass action to force him to resign after 30 days of this warning.

He stated: “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 mobilise 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,” he said