Nigeria: Buhari approves appointment of former minister he once accused of corruption


The appoinment of Bello Maitama-Yusuf as one of the directors of Nigerian Railway Corporation has been approved by President Buhari.

Yusuf was once accused of corruption by the military in the early 1980s when Buhari was the head of state – It was reported that Yusuf went into exile during that military era to avoid prosecution.

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of former minister of commerce, Bello Maitama-Yusuf, as a member of the board of directors of the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC). Yusuf, 72, was accused of corruption by the Buhari military administration in the early 1980s.

He went into exile to avoid prosecution, Premium Times reports. It should be recalled that in 1979 he served the administration of Shehu Shagari as minister for internal affairs and later as minister of commerce in 1982.

Other members who were appointed are Kayode Opeifa, who is the head of transportation secretariat of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT); former police AIG Umar Ambursa; and Obiarari Nnamdi, a professor, among others. Auwal Sankara, Governor Muhammad Badaru’s aide on new media, confirmed that Yusuf was nominated by the governor.

The appointment letter obtained by Premium Times, read: “Pursuant to section 5 of the Nigerian Railway Corporation Act cap. N129, LFN2004, and all powers enabling the Honourable Minister of Transportation in that behalf, and consequent upon your nomination by the governor of Jigawa state.

“I am pleased to inform you of your appointment by the Honourable Minister, as a member of the Directors of Nigerian Railway Corporation.” Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Buhari declined comment on reports over the reshuffling of his cabinet members.

The president while fielding questions from journalists upon his return from London after a 10-day visit said: “I won’t tell you” when inquires were made on his cabinet. Also speaking on the rising banditry and activities of kidnappers across various states in Nigeria, President Buhari said.he noticed the acting inspector general of police, Mohammed Adamu was losing some weight.

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