A rights group, Rising-Up for a United Nigeria (RUN) has lambasted critics of the chief of staff to the president, Hon Femi Gbajamiabila, for allegedly conveying approval of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu of the expenditure of N3 billion COVID-19 palliative fund for the verification of the National Social Register of the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation.
The group described those calling for the head of Gbajabiamila as enemies of the nation who are bent on derailing the Renewed Hope Agenda of the present administration.
It stated that the N3billion was fair, appropriate and commensurate to the task of updating the social register.
In a press statement signed by its convener, Ambassador Solomon Adodo and secretary, Mallam Suleiman Musa, which was made available to journalists in Abuja, RUN stressed that those criticising the chief of staff were mere mischief makers bent on ridiculing the administration and warned them to steer clear.
Adodo said, “Those attacking Femi Gbajamiabila are surreptitious enemies of the Tinubu administration who seek to explore any avenue to wreck Mr. President’s excellent strategy mechanism.
“Our checks reveal that there are some warmongers within and outside the Presidency, who are conspiring to take over the job of the Chief of Staff to the President, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila. Part of the plot is to link him with illegalities with the latest being the transactions carried out by the suspended Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Dr. Betta Edu and other spurious character assassination strategies”, the statement noted.
While describing the chief of staff as an exceptional politician who has consistently met the needs of his constituency while in the Green Chambers and in his current assignment, the CSO regretted that the attacks were renewed after some gigantic people oriented projects carried out by the chief of staff for the benefit of members of his constituency, Lagosians and Nigerians at large were commissioned in Lagos earlier this year by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
“We align with Mr. President who described the Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajamiabila as the Kingmaker of Abuja politics. Those who feel intimidated by the Chief of Staff’s towering political image should rather try to emulate him rather than attacking him.
“The Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajamiabila started this year in high spirit and we are proud to associate ourselves with a grassroot politician who does not forget his roots. Mr. President was indeed right by describing him as an Abuja kingmaker. Those angry with him should rather strive to make their impacts and imprints on their communities rather than harbouring hate against others,” the statement reads.