The Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has denied having a hand in the sack of the spokesman of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Yushaib Shuaib.
There have been allegations that the minister masterminded the sack of Shuaib because of an article he wrote recently where he was said to have unravelled shady deals and illicit activities of the minister at the Federal Inland Revenue Services (FIRS).
However, Special Adviser to the Minister, Mr. Paul Nwabuikwu, said the reports and allegations were false and unfair. He declared that the minister was the one being oppressed.
“Mr Shuaib accused her of pursuing an ethnic agenda in appointments. But those he mentioned as beneficiaries of the so called agenda are people who were already in office before she returned as minister. So she is the victim of a serial campaign based on lies sponsored by people, who are angry that due process rather than politics is being upheld in the recruitment of a new chair for FIRS.
"But we believe that every part of this country has brilliant people, who have what it takes to go through a competitive process and perform well at any level. No part of Nigeria has a monopoly of capable people. Our history confirms so.
"To invoke the tragic events of 1966 based on these lies so flippantly as he did in the article is indeed unfortunate,” Nwabuikwu said.
He further explained that the minister did not give any order for anyone to lose his job, saying she has no power to order another minister to fire anybody.
“If the gentleman is going through some internal processes, it is not her doing. She is too busy with her portfolio to get involved in such things.
"Okonjo-Iweala is a humane and compassionate person and has no interest in making any one lose his job. She is very forgiving and I know whatever she can do to help even the undeserving she will do it. The many people who have hurt her know that,” he concluded.