President Buhari is a man that seems not to have the interest to interfere in such a â€˜fightâ€™ to save the heads of agencies
2021, things have changed- Ameachi is now accusing Hadiza of being disloyal. He has been complaining that she is arrogant and he would cut her wings; one of these days. And he did- by getting her to â€˜step asideâ€™ to allow for a probe of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA). The probe-panel has already been inaugurated with some wide mandates which include examining and investigating the administrative policies and strategies adopted by NPAâ€™s Managing Director, Hadiza Usman, and confirm compliance with extant laws and rules from 2016 till date.
The fight between Hadiza ( ahead of an agency) and Ameachi ( a Minister)is not new in the APC government led by President Muhammad Buhari. There was that of Dr Baffa Bichi of TETFUND and Mallam Adamu Adamu, Education Minister. Ibrahim Magu of the EFCC and Abubakar Malami SAN Minister for Justice and Attorney-General. Gur Muhammad Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) and Engr. Sale Mamman, Power Minister. Saleh Dunoma of FAAN and Hadi Sirika Aviation Minister). Munir Gwarzo SEC DG and Kemi Adeosun Former Finance Minister). Prof. Usman Yusuf NHIS and Isaac Adewole Former Health Minister). As well as many other in-house fights that havenâ€™t been in the public. The big surprise is-None of the heads of the agencies survived their ministerâ€™s onslaught. Would Hadiza survive Ameachiâ€™s hammer?
President Buhari is a man that seems not to have the interest to interfere in such a â€˜fightâ€™ to save the heads of agencies. If Ameachi succeeds in removing Hazida as MD of NPA, we may see many of this kind of â€˜probeâ€™ by Ministers. If Hadiza succeeds in returning back, she may be more â€˜disloyalâ€™ to Ameachi and not forthcoming to those who have earlier accused her of being arrogant. And, In the long end, the fight between Ameachi and Hadiza would definitely translate into bigger political and supremacy battles between many parties both in and outside the APC. There is already talk of a petition to the EFCC to look into contracts awarded by the Niger Delta Development Commission to Ameachiâ€™s wife- Dame Judith Amaechi. In fact, Nigerians should sit akimbo and enjoy some political dramas as events unfold.
However, the big picture is- this is a bit low for the Buhari government in terms of public image and politics of the APC as the ruling party completing an 8year mandate with the hope to retain power.
Zayyad I. Muhammad writes from Abuja. 08036070980, zaymohd @yahoo.com