Northern Youth Group under the umbrella of Arewa Youth Assembly have urged President Muhammadu Buhari to sack the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Ogbonnaya Onu.
Daily Vendor Newspaper correspondent in kaduna who filed the report said the group in a statement on Saturday, October 2, demanded Onu’s sack over his alleged role in the appointment of former acting Director-General the Federal Institute of Industrial Research Oshodi (FIIRO), Lagos, Chima Igwe despite strong opposition.
The statement which was signed by its spokesman, Mohammed Salihu Danlami, said the discovery of scandalous claims in FIIRO showed that the country is faced with alarming scandals in high places capable of bringing the country to its knees if Buhari fails to sack Onu to serve as a deterrent to others yet to be discovered.
They explained that Mr Igwe has taken us 18 years back research wise, pointing out that his act places a lot of questions on his ability as a research fellow he claimed to be.
The group further maintained that this is a huge setback for science and technology in Nigeria because the backbone of developing countries like ours is research which is saddled with this institute.
According to them, the minister has made a public display of his incompetence and his inability to steer the ministry in a proper direction as the ministry has remained where it was, with no meaningful projects to show, no advancement, no innovations and as such should resign and vacate the office.
The group stated that it is even more disturbing that a supervising minister was not only aware but was instrumental to the destruction of such important institute right under his supervision.
While welcoming the president’s order for the prosecution of Mr Igwe by ICPC, his accomplices should also be made to face the wrath of the law for deceiving Nigerians, the group stressed that until his removal, demotion and more recently the order for his prosecution by Mr President, Igwe has paraded himself as a holder of a doctorate from University of D’Abomey, Calavi, Republic of Benin, which earned him promotions in the past 18 years – the recent being DG of FIIRO.