Civil society group protest ‘nomination’ of new AGF

Civil society group protest ‘nomination’ of new AGF

By Mariam Sanni, Abuja

An irate group which tagged itself the Coalition of Members of Staff and Organised Labour of the Office of the Auditor General of the Federation have protested over the nomination of Anthony Ayine as the new Auditor General of the Federation.

The protesters in large numbers on Tuesday took to the streets of Abuja in the early hours of the day with placards expressing their dissatisfaction with the nomination.

The spokesperson of the group, Salami Adekunle explained that the appointment is a professional appointment which has been politicized by the members of the cabinet of President Muhammadu Buhari.

He said that the immediate past Auditor General nominated Anthony Ayine to cover his corrupt acts during his administration.

Adekunle told AljazirahNigeria that the new nominee was not qualified for the post due to his age and years of experience in the field of auditing.

He stressed that Ayine had 15 years’ experience and was just 45 years of age.

According to the constitution, he said the auditor general of the federation must be 50 years of age with at least 20 years’ experience in the respective field.

“The protest is all about the nomination of Anthony Ayine whose name has been nominated and presented to the National Assembly. If he is accepted, he will usurp directors who are professional members of ICAN and other bodies who are more qualified. There are more experienced directors than him within the federal level. They are now trying to politicize the office of auditor general of federation.’’

He tasked Nigerians to prevail on the president not to jettison professionalism on the altar of political consideration.
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