By Hannah Nathan, Warri
President Bola Tinubu has received plaudits from the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) for launching an inquiry into the purported N585 million scam involving Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation Betta Edu.
The minister has come under fire for allegedly breaking Nigeria’s 2009 Financial Regulations, which place a strong focus on keeping personal and public funds separate during official transactions.
The President issued an order on Sunday for a thorough probe into the financial scandal through Muhammad Idris, Minister of Information and National Orientation.
The crisis that has engulfed the Humanitarian Ministry, if not addressed by the President, would have tested this administration’s will, said Pedro Chibuzo Obi, President of NANS, in a statement endorsing the President’s action.
“It is true that corruption is a major challenge to the country’s development and economic growth. And, as an association, we must commend the President for ordering an investigation into the scandal surrounding the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs.
“It has shown that President Tinubu will leave no stone untouched in the crusade against corruption. The President has not left us in doubt regarding his commitment to ridding Nigeria of corruption.
“One does not need a soothsayer to declare that this administration has been fighting corruption and that it will continue to fight corruption within the confines of the law.”
However, to further win over Nigerians’ confidence, the President of NANS urged Tinubu to guarantee transparency in the probe.