An Open Letter To Stella Oduah

Dear Stella,

Your PA’s opinion on the findings of our legislators over the N255m bullet proof BMW cars said to have been purchased for your use gave me serious cause for concern. Accordingly, I am writing to respectfully express my fair opinion on the matter.stella-oduah, courtesy of dailypost.com.ng

As a Minister, Nigeria is your your employer and have the duty to provide you with adequate security for your safety  at all times. This includes ensuring that you have competent staff and safe working environment. Therefore if you feared for your life and needed security vehicles, it is our duty to ensure that you have them and even more if affordable by us. Otherwise, we will be exposing you to unjustifiable risks and failing in our duty to you. However, the decision on what constitutes a safe working environment, competent and safe staff and other privileges is one for your employers bearing in mind their means, the revenue your office generates and the public interest.

On the basis of the above, I believe that Nigerians are not upset that the vehicles were purchased. They are rather upset that the prices said to have been paid for them are far above their market value and over your authorised spending limit.  In the circumstances, you exceeded your power and allowed your office to be used in what seems to be a deliberate attempt to defraud Nigerians using your office. You may not have intended to defraud or cheat us but being the head that wears the crown and therefore personally and vicariously liable for the conduct of people working under you, the ax unfortunately will fall on you and that is exactly what has happened here.

Additionally, our legislators are answerable to us and therefore have a duty to ensure that we are not cheated or defrauded thus their investigation of the situation. Therefore to ignore the gravity of the offence, breach of the trust placed on you and your office by Nigerians and dismiss our legislators’ findings as hidden agenda possibly motivated by political leanings or affiliations, is unconscionable in every respect and must be withdrawn. In my opinion bearing in mind the facts as they stand, their findings are fair and just in every respect and Mr President although not bound to accept it, need to act hastily in the best interest of honesty, common sense, justice and fairness and let you go. That will not only demonstrate his total commitment to the fight against corruption and send a warning shot to many people, it will also tell the world that we are ready to move forward our democratic agenda and will not tolerate mediocrity no matter how small or who from.

Before the findings of that Committee, many Nigerians have been calling for your resignation or disengagement. I can see their reasons because as an ordinary citizen if I do something like that I will be prosecuted, convicted and imprisoned for regular fraud or advanced fee fraud. I heard about a common criminal who was jailed for stealing a Governor’s mobile phone and the letting off of Ibori, the pension thief and our oil magnets. Since we are all equal before the law, you can see why they are unhappy that you are still holding your office.

Well, as I was rightly or wrongly raised to believe that “WOMEN LEAD WHILE OTHERS FOLLOW”. I had expected you in your own words to “do the needful” and resign without waiting for the committee to conclude their report. That would have set the pace for the future of a corrupt free Nigeria and create a better level playing field for more women in leadership and politics.

Many people who pay lip service to change because they are not ready for change have claimed that you are being hunted by some Yoruba and Northern political might men and women because you are Igbo and a woman too. Well, much as I am for more women in leadership and hate tribalism, I disagree with that thinking completely. I think that those calling for your dismissal or resignation as a mark of respect for your employers and good practice are not wrong and you must heed their advice and champion change in leadership in Nigeria as you ought to.  As I said earlier, we (women) lead and do not follow. So the fact that other Ministers and politicians are stealing with impunity and remaining in office with the assistance of our corrupt law enforcement officers and judiciary does not mean that you must tow the line and cause women more embarrassment and continued exclusion.

On the above note, I urge you to seriously reconsider your position and step down without being forced to do so. To date, GEJ, thank God for his indefatigable women rights advocate wife , our First Lady, is one of the best Presidents in all matters women advancement in Nigeria. Although I do not agree that women should be appointed into powerful offices because they are beautiful, connected or can be controlled my lustful men in power and such selections, elections and appointments must be on merit only, I would like to think that GEJ appointed you on merit not favour. Therefore unless you do the needful and go before being forced out, your indignation and your PA’s claims would have cast a blight on the judgment of GEJ as someone trusted by Nigerians to appoint the best and most meritorious into such high offices and make things more difficult for women.

I hope that you will not take this personally and understand that any such resignation will be justified in every way and make you the first Nigerian who placed Nigeria instead of their personal interests first. You must go ahead to champion change and leave a legacy for our history books.

Just my little “what does she know” idiot’s opinion.

Merry Xmas and a trouble free New Year.

8 comments for “An Open Letter To Stella Oduah

  1. Umommyk@aol.com
    December 25, 2013 at 20:41

    This is a total abuse of power and the people’s resources. How many bullet proof cars were purchased and for how many people. when are we ever going to have leaders who are honest and work for the interest of the people? It is amazing how everybody that gets into postion of authority in Nigeria is out to loot the country for their personal well-being. Woman! if the people you are represenitng are calling for your resignation, please do them that favour and resign honorably. Also, you need to do one more thing admit your mistake and apologize to the people. There will not be any shame or blame. Goodluck and best wishes.
    Nky
    USA

  2. Ireti
    December 26, 2013 at 00:15

    Minister needful, please do the needful and go peacefully. Merry Xmas

    • jennyokafor56@gmail.com
      December 27, 2013 at 00:22

      Girl you are damn right. I wish that many Nigerians can see things just like you and me. sometimes I hink that the people not the leaders are the problem.

    • jennyokafor56@gmail.com
      December 27, 2013 at 00:23

      Thanks for that voice of reason.

  3. zalchukz@yahoo.com
    December 27, 2013 at 00:09

    ”Consciense is an open wound, only truth can heal it” -Othman Dan Fodio I strongly believe that simplicity and modesty should be ideal while holding public office. People who are found guilty of breaching the norm should be appropriately sanctioned. People should n’t do wrong and simply resign and scot free!

  4. Anonymous
    December 27, 2013 at 00:11

    ”Consciense is an open wound, only truth can heal it” -Othman Dan Fodio I strongly believe that simplicity and modesty should be ideal while holding public office. People who are found guilty of breaching the norm should be appropriately sanctioned. People should n’t do wrong and simply resign and go scot free!

    • Anonymous
      December 27, 2013 at 00:24

      Great saying there. Its about conscience and many Nigerians, citizens and leaders lack it.

  5. bigturkinson@yahoo.com
    December 28, 2013 at 15:54

    Nigerians know the truth but we are all afraid of the truth…This woman should be in prison by now if Nigeria was a normal country, but Nigeria is not a normal country but a jungle and only the strong survives in this jungle….

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