The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has reportedly fired Martin-Luther Agwai as the head of his government’s intervention unit, SURE-P.
Mr. Agwai, who was appointed by Mr. Jonathan, is an esteemed former Defence Chief, who led United Nation missions in Sudan, amidst other career runs.
Premium Times disclosed that in a statement on Tuesday, presidential spokesperson, Reuben Abati, announced Ishaya Dare Akau as the new head of SURE-P, Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme.
The presidency did not give any reason for Mr. Agwai’s removal, beyond saying it was “in furtherance of his efforts to continuously re-energize and reposition agencies of the Federal Government for optimal service delivery”.
However, Premium Times publication has it that Mr. Agwai was fired for flouting a presidential instruction that no government official or member of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, should attend the birthday event of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, last week.
It would be recalled, Mr. Jonathan and the former president have been locked in a fierce loggerhead which has seen Mr. Obasanjo repeatedly disparage the president publicly.
A reliable sources within the presidency told PREMIUM TIMES that all government functionaries were instructed by President Jonathan to boycott Mr. Obasanjo’s birthday event.
However, Mr Agwai said he will go ahead and attend the function, more so, in view of the president’s directive.
Premium Times disclosed that for daring the president’s instruction, , it was clear Mr. Agwai would be fired.