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Anti-corruption group calls for probe of NSIA’s ‘secret’ employment of Abba Kyari’s daughter

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An anti-graft civil society organization has frowned at the alleged appointment of Aisha Abba Kyari, the daughter of the Chief of Staff to President Buhari, Abba Kyari, as an Assistant Vice President at the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA).

The group, Coalition Against Corruption and Bag Governance (CACOBAG) called on President Muhammadu Buhari to order the immediate probe of alleged employment.

In a statement by the group’s Chairman, Toyin Raheem, it expressed concerns that Ms Abba Kyari’s appointment “violates set procedure at the NSIA, which is the legally constituted agency that manages Nigeria’s excess crude oil revenues”.

“According to media reports, the position was not publicly advertised, contrary to what is expected of such position.”

It further stressed that such practice at the highest level of government runs contrary to the avowed posture of the Buhari administration.

“Equally disturbing is the revelation that the new employee is starting up with an annual package of N32 million. We have chosen to call for a thorough investigation of this case because a similar thing happened in Pension Commission recently and, at the end of the probe, those involved were relieved of their jobs.

“Five days after the Abba Kyari employment scandal leaked in the media, neither the Presidency nor the management of NSIA has deemed it fit to deny any of the following claims: That: members of staff at the NSIA are infuriated by the appointment; that a few of the high-level personnel privy to the recruitment initially refused to interview Ms. Abba-Kyari.

“We are by this statement giving the Presidency notice that we shall commence series of lawful civil actions in a matter of days to compel the Buhari administration to order a comprehensive investigation of this employment issue.”

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