The Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership (CACOL), has hailed the House of Representatives for urging President Muhammadu Buhari to sack the Director-General of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mr. Mustapha Maihaja, over mismanagement of ₦33b.
A statement issued by the Media and Publications Officer of the Centre, Mr Ikenna Aghagbobi, on behalf of its Executive Chairman, Mr. Debo Adeniran, said the decision of the House that Maihaja should make some refund is a right step in right direction.
He described the recommendation of the House as another right step in the fight against corruption and commended the Ad- hoc committee for carrying out a diligent probe of the case.
According to him: “Maihaja’s dismissal will further reassure Nigerians that the current administration’s vow to eradicate corruption holistically could be achieved.
“It baffles every right-thinking Nigerian why a public office holder who is put in charge to ensure that victims of unforeseen emergencies would engage in corrupt practices to enrich his already fat pocket at the expense of thousands of Nigerians who are victims of natural disaster. That is the highest display of man’s inhumanity to his fellow men and should not be left unpunished.”
“We urge President Muhammadu Buhari to implement the decision of the House and dismiss the NEMA DG in order to serve as a deterrent to others who might be contemplating committing similar crimes. We also urge the anti-graft agencies to ensure that Maihaja and all others involved in perpetrating this heinous crime are adequately punished” Adeniran concluded