…Says ‘there are some fifth columnists within the government’
David Peter, Abuja
Special Adviser to President Tinubu on Information and Strategy, Bayo Onanuga has charged administrators in government to look inward while demanding a strict investigation into the civil service framework in a bid to discontinue individuals he referred to as ‘moles’ allegedly working for the opposition, political parties.
The presidency frowns at the hideous act, stating that, it breaches the civil service rules to unearth confidential documents with the Presidency’s signature to the public.
On Thursday, an internal memo was revealed, indicating that President Tinubu allegedly sanctioned the disbursement of N500m from a total of N1bn to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator George Akume. The allocated funds were intended for the inauguration of a 37-member Tripartite Committee responsible for discussing the New National Minimum Wage.
Responding to the disclosed document, Onanuga lamented, “What is worrisome is, how come a memo written by SGF to the President and bearing the President’s signature leaked out? It means that there are some fifth columnists-within the government.
“It’s not the first time a memo will leak, he attested. “There was a memo leak when the President went to UNGA, about a request for money to pay for his hotel bills and you wonder where it is leaking from.
Continuing, “There are so many moles around who are probably doing the bid of the opposition. They are not respecting the civil service rule for handling official secrets. And it shows that the government should look inwards to probe how memos between officials are getting into the public space.”
Onanuga acquainted the administrators that, “Memos that are supposed to be secret are not supposed to be flying all over the place.”