President Jonathan Bows To Northern Pressure; Fires Festus Odimegwu

By IndepthAfrica
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Oct 18th, 2013

By Fejiro Oliver

The sledge hammer which has fallen on many ministers as they got sacked have finally landed on the National Population Commission boss, Mr Festus Odimegwu. According to a source who told this paper on why Odimegwu was relieved of his job by the presidency; he noted that the northern governors have been asking the President to fire Odimegwu for his

uncomplimentary comment, which they noted is capable of destabilizing the country.

“No census has been credible in Nigeria since 1816. Even the one conducted in 2006 is not credible. I have the records and evidence produced by scholars and professors of repute; this is not my report. If the current laws are not amended, the planned 2016 census will not succeed,”, Mr. Odimegwu had said. This statement drew the ire of the Northern governors, especially Rabiu Kwankwaso of Kano State.

In response, the governor attacked Odimegwu saying “I also raised the issue of the Chairman of the National Population Commission headed by one Festus Odimegwu. We are not happy about that appointment, and think that it was a mistake. He had only one thing in alcoholic industry (sic), all his life. And my guess is that he’s taking a lot of his products and that is why we feel that his appointment is a mistake because he cannot be the Chairman of NPC and at the same time attack what his predecessors have done,”

Our source noted that the president who didn’t want to embarrass the former alcohol company producing boss asked him to tender his resignation letter, which he did today, Thursday.

President Goodluck Jonathan accepted the resignation of Festus Odimegwu as Chairman of the National Population Commission, NPC, and appointed Sam Ahaiwe, the Commissioner representing Abia State in the Commission, to act as chairman pending the appointment of a new boss.

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