Group Urges Buhari To Reverse Illegal Recruitments For Central Bank, Other Agencies
A civic group, Citizens of Impact (CI), has urged the Federal Government to immediately reverse the recent secret and dubious recruitment made by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS). CI threatened to stage mass action should the government fail to heed its demand. The group made the call on Monday at a press conference in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital. Speaking to reporters, CI’s leader, Daniel Seun Olatunde, asked President Muhammadu Buhari to break his loud silence and investigate the misdemeanor committed by the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria and the head of FIRS, adding that the officials deserved to be sanctioned. According to the group, the executive chairman of FIRS, Mr. Babatunde Fowler, reportedly recruited about 400 staffers related to his cronies as well as relatives of other government officials. A relative of Senator John Enoh, chairman of the Senate committee on finance, was one of those who received one of the highly desirable jobs. Mr. Daniel alleged that Mr. Fowler had already carried out this secret recruitment before his agency invited Nigerians to apply for the jobs. The CI spokesman accused Mr. Fowler of perjuring himself before the Senate and telling barefaced lies to Nigerians, misleading job seekers to apply for jobs that had been handed out to the relatives of privileged Nigerians. The group also remarked that the CBN secretly recruited 909 staffers between June 2014 and February 2015 in violation of due process and federal character principles. “CBN opted for a secret process of hiring new staff in the past two years because the bank was doing ‘targeted recruitment,’” said Mr. Daniel. He added, “It is obvious the CBN's target were the children and relatives of the rich and powerful as the list of the new hires reads like a ‘who’s who in Nigeria.’” CI queried why there was no public advertisement of the vacancies, noting that several weeks after media reports of the scandalous practice, the government continued to maintain a loud silence. Mr. David stated that the bank’s illegal recruitment had not been condemned, reversed or investigated. The group declared that it would mobilize all Nigerians across the country to protest the injustice going on the country if the government failed to take urgent action to reverse the untoward recruitments.