The Special Assistant on Public Communications to Atiku Abubakar, Mr. Phrank Shaibu, has called on Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, to resign from the cabinet of President Muhammadu Buhari if he disagrees with the government’s cashless policy.
Shaibu’s statement came in response to Keyamo’s comments that the President may have acted on “wrong advice” by declaring only the old N200 note as legal tender. Keyamo had blamed Buhari’s action on wrong advice from his advisers and argued that he took the decision without recourse to the Federal Executive Council. Shaibu described Keyamo as a hypocrite and suggested that he was taking a “cowardly approach” by attacking some unnamed advisers of the president and portraying the President as a helpless old man who does not have a mind of his own.
Shaibu also wondered why Keyamo did not speak up during the 10-month-long Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike in 2020 and 8 months on strike in 2022. He said Keyamo dumped ASUU at the negotiation table to go and campaign for Bola Tinubu.
Shaibu further suggested that since Keyamo had found his voice, he should resign as spokesman for the Bola Tinubu Presidential Campaign Council, considering that Tinubu is under investigation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and was made to forfeit $460,000 to American authorities for alleged drug trafficking.
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