NIGERIANS DEMAND PROBE OF TINUBU’S CHIEF OF STAFF, GBAJABIAMILA, OVER ALLEGED N3B FRAUD
Nigerians on X (formerly Twitter) are calling for an investigation into Chief of Staff Femi Gbajabiamila regarding the alleged N3 billion National Social Register fraud, using the hashtag #GbajaFraud, which has gained traction on the platform.
In a leaked memo, President Bola Tinubu was alleged to have approved the release of N3 billion for the verification of the National Social Register during the previous administration of Muhammadu Buhari.
The funds were intended for the suspended Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, Betta Edu, for social investment programmes.
The allocation of contracts from the N3 billion to various firms has sparked controversy and is currently under investigation by presidential investigators and anti-graft agencies.
The news has triggered a wave of negative reactions from Nigerian citizens on social media.
Many express discontent with the government’s insensitivity to the economic hardships faced by citizens.
Users criticized the allocation of such funds for social register verification amid calls for sacrifices from the populace.
A user named Paul Smith Obasi questioned the government’s appeal for sacrifices while allegedly engaging in corruption, saying, “3 billion for social register verification? And you want the poor among us to endure and make sacrifices while your government is busy stealing and looting. Nigerians, are we going to continue to keep silent when very few are living extravagantly with our wealth? #GbajaFraud.”
Another user, Foundational Middle Belter, expressed disbelief in the allocation, stating, “3 billion naira to verify the social register, yet they tell the common man to endure hardship while they loot the entire country to stupor. #GbajaFraud.”
The alleged involvement of Chief of Staff Gbajabiamila in the scandal has raised concerns about citizens’ confidence in the government. One user, Jane, remarked, “If people like Gbaja close to the president can perpetrate this corrupt act and get away with it because they are so powerful, more people will lose faith in this government. #GbajaFraud.”
Various users emphasized the need for a thorough investigation into the matter, with some suggesting that Gbajabiamila should face the law similar to the suspended Minister, Betta Edu.Concerns were raised about the impact of such alleged fraudulent activities on the administration’s credibility and public trust.