Update On Stella Oduah's Controversial Sack

Thursday, February 13, 2014

The active online community was jolted back to political reality yesterday afternoon, when the news of the sacking of controversial Minister of Aviation, Stella Oduah, filtered in. Although the consensus of several Nigerians on Twitter and Facebook is that her resignation came late, many still consider it as good news.

Writer, social commentator, Tolu Ogunlesi, tweeted: “So BMW Queen @stellaoduah is no longer a minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria?”

Former lawmaker, Dino Melaye, also joined the unending debate on Twitter. His tweet read:
“Well-done, Mr President, for sacking Orubebe and Stella Oduah. Though belated, kudos, GEJ. Deziani is next on line. The people are winning.”

Dino Melaye later wrote, “We will re-file our cases against Stella Oduah and Orubebe at the EFCC and in court. No public thief will go unpunished. Power is transient.”

Another group of persons blame her for refusing to step aside honorably at the peak of the crisis. Stella Oduah first came under fire and public scrutiny last October after the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority purchased two bulletproof BMW cars at an inflated rate of N255m.

Like the proverbial cat with nine lives, the ex-minister had survived criticism and probes in the past months. Also, most recently, she allegedly lied about her qualifications in the resume she presented to the Senate for her confirmation hearing. The university she claimed say they don't even offer an MBA.

It is thus not surprising that her sack appears to have overshadowed that of the other affected ministers, as all commentators made little or no mention of them in their tweets or posts.

“Imagine the kind of President we have. Just waking up from stupor? This is the kind of leader that allows his followers to slaughter others before making a decisions.”


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