The suspended Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Betta Edu, has disassociated herself from protestor organizations calling for her appointment back into President Bola Tinubu’s cabinet.
Edu claimed that she had not given permission for any organization to plan public prayers and protests on her behalf in a statement made public by her media assistant, Rasheed Olanrewaju, on Monday.
She emphasized her complete cooperation with the authorities and voiced her faith in and dedication to the continuing government investigation. Edu made it clear that she did not support any public events and asked anyone organizing events in her honor to put a stop to them so that the accusations against her may be thoroughly investigated.
Separately, attorney Inibehe Effiong demanded that the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation discontinue its social intervention initiatives, such as N-Power.
Effiong stated that these initiatives have not been successful in reducing poverty in Nigeria during her Monday appearance on Channels Television’s The Morning Brief. Citing the projects’ insignificant effect on inflation, the purchasing power of Nigerians, and poverty rates, he opposed the government’s plan to spend N3 billion reviewing the social register and recommended their total elimination.
APC Chieftain Abayomi Nurain Mumuni also pleaded with Nigerians to assist the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in its probe into Betta Edu’s purported N583 million embezzlement.
Mumuni stressed the significance of letting the EFCC carry out its investigations without interference from the public in a statement that was made public over the weekend.
The call is made in light of the issue surrounding Edu’s suspension and the claims that he transferred public cash into a personal account.