Sunday, 28 March 2010

News Report: Nigerian Ministerial Nominees Submit Signed Undated Letters Of Resignation

                                           [Gusau, National Security Adviser]

The current Nigerian ministerial nominees submitted signed undated letters of resignation to the office of the National Security Adviser(NSA), chidi opara reports learnt. The submission of signed undated letters of resignation is a pre-condition given to the lobbying team of the nominees.

This submission of signed undated letters of resignation as a check on Ministers who may want to be independent minded was first used by former President Olusegun Obasanjo during his civilian administration. Obasanjo reportedly made the then ministerial nominees, with the exception of the "elder statesmen" amongst them to sign and submit such letters. The Umaru Yar'Adua Presidency was also said to have adopted same measure.

Our investigation revealed that the acting President being a major participant in the Yar'Adua administration, knew how effective the measure was in controlling "stubborn" Ministers and decided to adopt the strategy.

We also learnt that this was the major reason why Ministers in the Yar'Adua cabinet, including the immediate past Minister of Information and Communications, were relunctant to invoke the relevant sections of the Constitution during the long absence of the sick President. "They only started making moves in that direction when it became apparent that Yar'Adua would not come back as President", a security contact hinted to us.

Signed undated letters of resignation by ministerial nominees are filed, to be dated and released by the Presidency through the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, should any Minister fall out of favour with the Presidency.

chidi opara reports could not sight any of the letters at the time of preparing this report.