Nigeria: President Bola Tinubu suspends his Minister for Humanitarian Affairs

In a significant move towards combating corruption in Nigeria, President Bola Tinubu has taken decisive action by suspending Betta Edu, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation. The suspension, announced on Monday, follows allegations of presumed misappropriation of social investment funds.

«Betta Edu has been suspended in accordance with the government’s commitment to upholding the highest standards of integrity, transparency, and accountability in managing the country’s wealth», stated Ajuri Ngelale, the spokesperson for the Nigerian presidency, in a press release on Monday.

President Bola Tinubu has directed an immediate investigation into the actions of the minister.

Dr Betta Edu is the youngest minister in President Bola Tinubu’s cabinet


While some question the potential political motivations behind this suspension, many others view it as a positive sign in the fight against corruption.

This decision represents a pivotal moment in the governance of the country, reinforcing citizens’ trust in institutions.

Betta Edu was one of the 48 ministers appointed by President Tinubu in August 2023.

Elected in March 2023, President Bola Tinubu pledged to rid Nigeria of chronic corruption and extreme poverty.

On January 2, Tinubu suspended the director of the National Social Investment Program Agency (NSIPA) over an alleged fraud of over 37 billion nairas (41 million dollars) in the social investment fund under the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs. This underscores his commitment to integrity and transparency.

President Bola Tinubu’s actions demonstrate a strong stance against corruption, signaling a new era in Nigeria’s governance.

The ongoing commitment to accountability and transparency aligns with the president’s promise to address critical issues and build public confidence in the country’s institutions.



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