Leaked N1bn Memo: Presidency Calls For Probe Of PDP Moles In Civil Service

Bayo Onanuga

The Presidency has called for an investigation into the civil service framework, to eliminate individuals it refers to as “moles” who are loyal to the main opposition, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The moles are allegedly responsible for the unauthorized disclosure of classified documents.

Information Nigeria reports that a leaked memo surfaced, revealing that President Tinubu allegedly approved N50million out of a total of N1 billion to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, George Akume, for the inauguration of a 37-man Tripartite Committee on the New National Minimum Wage.

The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Debo Ologunagba, in a statement on Friday, described the approval as the height of financial recklessness.

“The PDP describes the said approval of the huge amount for a routine government activity like committee inauguration as the height of profligacy, imprudence, and financial recklessness which further validates PDP’s position that the Tinubu-led government is a cesspit of corruption where officials engage in brazen and reckless treasury-looting.

“It is even more revealing that the Secretary to the Government of the Federation allegedly requested for an audacious sum of N1.8bn for the event which was later scaled down to N1bn, out of which President Tinubu reportedly directed the SGF to “start with N500m first.”

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Reacting, Special Adviser to the President on Information and Strategy, Bayo Onanuga, emphasized the need for the Federal Government to take decisive action in identifying and removing individuals who are leaking classified documents and are believed to have allegiance to the opposition.

Onanuga said: “This step is crucial in ensuring the security and maintenance of sensitive information.

“What is worrisome is, how come a memo written by SGF to the President bearing the President’s signature leaked out? It means that there are some fifth columnists within the government.

“It’s not the first time a memo will leak. There was a memo leak when the President went to UNGA, about a request for money to pay for his hotel bills and you wonder where it is leaking from.

“There are so many moles around who are probably doing the bidding of the opposition. They do not respect the civil service rule for handling official secrets. And it shows that the government should look inwards to probe how memos between officials are getting into the public space. Memos that are supposed to be secret are not supposed to be flying all over the place.”