By Onyiorah Chiduluemije Paschal
It is understandable that President Goodluck Jonathan has stepped in to begin the process of mitigating the terrible hardships brought on young Nigerian job seekers by the Minister of interior, comrade Abba Moro, yet one is taken aback because up till now the President has not deemed it necessary to show him the way out of his cabinet. Rather, all we have seen so far is that Mr. President has set up a committee to be chaired by the Chairman of Federal Civil Service Commission with sole mandate to conduct a fresh recruitment exercise into the Nigeria Idoma Immigration Service. As good as this new attempt towards ensuring the organization of a credible recruitment test may be, there is no guarantee yet, even if the exercise turns out to be relatively peaceful, that the same Nigerian factors that have almost always dogged previous and the recently failed exercises would not apply. After all, like some analysts would ask, are the members of this new committee no longer Nigerians? Are they coming from the moon? Anyway, Nigerians are patiently awaiting their own perception and version of service delivery.
Now back to the issue of Moro’s fiasco called recruitment test. It has been said that if not for the failure of the recruitment exercise, the minister had already allotted more than a thousand job slots to his Idoma ethnic nationality. Though this is a serious allegation peddled by rumour mongers, the point is that there hardly can be smoke without fire. But, by and large, the crux of the matter is that going by the farcical arrangement put in place by the minister, through the consultancy firm he outsourced the recruitment exercise to, one is tempted to believe this speculation being propagated by Nigerians, especially the applicants themselves, some of whom had allegedly paid two hundred thousand naira and above to some officials of Ministry of Interior.
Besides, that those who are wont to getting it from good authorities are inclined to concur that by dint of state by state assessment of the workforce of the Para-military bodies under the Ministry of Interior, that the Idoma tribe in Benue state has by far the greatest number of manpower. The same projection is equally alleged to be the case on the issues of promotion and placement of senior officers in virtually all the Para-military entities within the ministry.
Meanwhile, based on the foregoing and with hindsight, can we now extrapolate that the minister could have most likely disagreed with the erstwhile Controller-General of the Nigeria Immigration Service on the basis of primordial sentiments bordering on issues of recruitment, promotion and placement of officers as were then reported by some media? Whereas a number of people are bound to disregard the above scenario as most unlikely to be the case at the time, it is my opinion that the reverse was the case, for some reason. Needless to say that it is on the basis of this failure or the refusal of comrade Abba Moro to make the report of this panel of inquiry public that I submit that his disagreement with Mrs. Uzoma was purely borne out of his serious attachment to primordial sentiments/personal interest, nothing more and nothing less.
Curiously, if the reports emanating from the social media are to be held on to, then the wide spread impression that President Goodluck Jonathan is either attempting to shield or is rather proving to be incapable of moving against comrade Abba Moro primarily because he is viewed to be the choice/surrogate of distinguished Senator David Mark is not only most unfortunate but it impugns the much professed integrity of Jonathan’s administration, especially as relates to his recently reported assertion that issues of corruption are somewhat exaggerated in Nigeria.
If the immediate past aviation minister, Mrs. Stella Oduah, was shown the way out of the cabinet allegedly because of issues of corruption, it boggles one’s mind why President Jonathan would tarry further to do same to comrade Patrick Abba Moro – especially considering his refusal to voluntarily throw in the towel (despite incessant clamor for him to do so). Of course, there is no gainsaying that his continued presence in the cabinet is doing more harm than good to the seemingly battered image of the Federal government. Therefore, Mr. President, it is high time you gave Moro the boot.
Onyiorah Chiduluemije Paschal is reachable on 08037738607