The former senator representing Kaduna Central, Shehu Sani, has said Betta Edu, the suspended Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, and Halima Shehu, the Chief Executive Officer of the National Social Investment Programme Agency (NSIPA), would have survived suspension if it were to be in the administration of former President Muhammadu Buhari.
Sani, in an interview on Trust Radio, said the call for Dr Edu’s suspension had happened during the Buhari-led administration, “it would likely be disregarded and fallen on deaf ears.”
President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for taking decisive action in suspending the two appointees, stating that the move reflects the administration’s responsiveness to public appeals.
“Let me tell you, Tinubu is not Buhari. In 2011, lives were lost due to people’s devotion and optimism for Buhari, but he didn’t do as expected. His significant error lies in not thoroughly scrutinising the individuals he appointed to positions, which does not align with effective leadership.
“95 percent of his (Buhari’s) executive council served for eight years, seemingly as if they were the only individuals known to him nationwide. He didn’t find replacements, particularly when it became evident that they did not meet expectations,” he said.
He said it was unfortunate that the Buhari administration, which criticised the past government for corruption, is now surrounded by corruption allegations.
He said: “During his presidency, when you report misconduct, he will just assure you of a proper investigation, but from there, nothing will come out of it,” Sani said, adding, “But look at what Tinubu did in suspending Betta Edu despite all her contributions to his politics as APC woman leader before the election. This demonstrates his willingness to take action against wrongdoing.”