Nigeria: Tinubu suspends humanitarian minister Betta Edu facing financial probe

Betta Edu

Nigeria’s President Bola Tinubu has suspended the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs Betta Edu with immediate effect with an order for her to be investigated over financial transactions involving her ministry.

The President’s Spokesperson Ajuri Ngelale who disclosed this on Monday, January 8, 2023, said, the President had directed the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to conduct a thorough investigation into all aspects of the financial transactions involving Edu’s ministry.

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Africa’s biggest economy and energy producer, Nigeria has struggled for decades with endemic corruption among senior public servants and the political elite, whom many Nigerians blame for widespread poverty in the country.

Betta Edu, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, is the first minister to be suspended, less than six months after her appointment by President Bola Tinubu, who won last year’s disputed elections vowing to revive growth in Africa’s biggest economy and fight corruption.

Tinubu asked a panel led by Finance Minister Wale Edun to review the framework of social protection programmes meant for poor households in a bid to win back public trust.