Rumours making the rounds that Ms. Aisha Abba-Kyari was employed through the back door was dispelled by the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority yesterday as it insisted that due process was followed in the recruitment of Aisha, the daughter of the Chief of Staff to the President.
It would be recalled that a civil rights organisation, Coalition Against Corruption and Bad Governance, had called on President Muhammadu Buhari to order an investigation into the appointment of Ms Abba Kyari as an Assistant Vice President at the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority.
The organization threatened to commence “a series of lawful civil actions in a matter of days to compel the administration to order a comprehensive investigation of this employment scam.”
It alleged that her appointment was done under secret and controversial circumstances.
In a statement issued by the Chairman of CACOBAG, Alhaji Toyin Raheem, described the appointment as controversial “because it violates set procedure at the NSIA, which is the legally constituted agency that manages Nigeria’s excess crude oil revenues.”
But in a swift reaction,, the Managing Director, NSIA, Mr Uche Orji, described the claims by the group as false.
He said that the recruitment went through a transparent process and added that the position was advertised in the media mid last year.
He dismissed claims that the position of Assistant Vice President given to Abba Kyari’s daughter was a top management position, adding that the position was just level nine out of the 22 levels in the NSIA.
He also faulted the claims that she was given an official car, he stressed that such claims was untrue as such position did not enjoy such privilege.