A rights group, Rising-Up for a United Nigeria (RUN) has scolded persons and groups criticising the Chief of Staff to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajamiabila for conveying approval of the President of expenditure of N3billion Covid 19 palliative fund for verification of the National Social Register to the Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management Ministry.

The group described those calling for the head of the Chief of Staff to the President as enemies of the nation who are bent on derailing the renewed hope agenda of the present administration stating that the N3billion was fair, appropriate and commensurate for the task of updating the social register.

RUN in a press statement signed by its Convener, Amb. Solomon Adodo and Secretary Mallam Suleiman Musa, which was made available to journalists in Abuja, stressed that those criticising the chief of staff were mere mischief makers bent on ridiculing the administration warned them to steer clear.

“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 has shown that he has the nation at heart, 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 root. 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”.

RUN also cautioned those who are threatened by the Chief of Staff and the seamless working relationship he has with his principal to desist from trying to cause bad blood amongst the two with empty accusations.

“Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajamiabila is the Chief of Staff to the President who has gone about his duty with candour and unprecedented patriotic diligence. It is therefore callous for anybody to accuse him of corruption simply because he has delivered Mr. President’s message to a Minister. Those desperately fanning the embers of hate should desist forthwith even as we advise the Chief of Staff to remain steadfast and unfazed in the discharge of his duty”, the statement concluded.


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