Sahara Reporters on Thursday night, exclusively revealed that the Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, has refused to carry out Mr. President’s orders to reinstate Mrs. Maryam Donna Mohammed, the former General Manager, Auditing and Compliance, at the Niger Delta Power Holding Company, NDPHC.
Sources told Sahara Reporters that Mrs. Mohammed, who worked for 24 years with the defunct National Electric Power Authority, NEPA, conducted a company-wide staff audit, during which it was discovered that among other staff, Mr. Louis Edozien, Executive Director, Technical Services; Mr. Anthony U. Muoneke, Executive Director, Finance and Administration; and the General Manager, Contract Management; all presented fake National Youth Service Corps discharge certificates.
This resulted in a major scandal, which consumed all those affected, as they had to resign. Unfortunately for Mrs. Mohammed, sources disclosed that Mr. Edozien is a friend and business partner to Kyari. The Chief of Staff’s daughter also worked directly under Mr. Edozien.
The forced resignation of Mr. Edozien was a slight Mr. Kyari was unwilling to leave unpunished. On 10th June 2016, Mrs. Mohammed received a letter from Mr. Babachir David Lawal, the disgraced Secretary to the Government of the Federation, stating that she had been relieved of her duties with immediate effect. The letter according to sources, did not give reasons for her sack, or mention her offences.
It simply claimed that the disengagement was authorized by President Buhari.
Eleven days after the receipt of the letter, a dissatisfied Mrs. Mohammed wrote to the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, saying that there was no correspondence from the Presidency prior to her sack. She equally stated that she was not made to face any Committee set up to investigate any wrongdoing on her part. She confidently stated that she had never done any wrong in the course of her duties.
Two weeks after writing, she got no response from the Vice President’s office. As a result, she decided to write a comprehensive letter to President Muhammadu Buhari.
On 25th October 2016, the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN), wrote to Mr. Kyari, to convey the President’s decision reached a meeting, to have Mrs. Mohammed reinstated.
Kyari ignored Mr. Malami. On 19th December 2016, Mrs. Mohammed decided to write the President another letter to remind him of her unlawful dismissal from NDPHC. Till date however, she has not received any response to her letter, and remains unlawfully dismissed, despite the intervention of the President.
Sources said Mr. Kyari is way more powerful than the Attorney-General, the Vice President, and could overrule the President.