Alhaji Mohammed Idris, the Minister of Information and National Orientation, has announced that the Federal Government will investigate allegations concerning the purported payment of funds into a private account linked to Dr. Betta Edu, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management.
In a statement released on Sunday, Idris assured Nigerians that the government is attentive to the widespread concerns and is committed to addressing these issues earnestly.
The controversy erupted after a memo surfaced, suggesting that Edu instructed the Accountant-General of the Federation to transfer N585 million to a private account owned by Oniyelu Bridget, purportedly the Project Accountant for Grants for Vulnerable Groups.
Acknowledging the public’s concerns regarding the alleged fund transfer, the Ministry of Information and National Orientation emphasised the government’s unwavering dedication to transparency and accountability in managing public funds.
Idris stated, “The Federal Government, led by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, is resolutely transparent and accountable to the people. We are committed to ensuring effective and efficient allocation and utilisation of public funds to cater to the needs of Nigerians.”
He further announced President Tinubu’s directive for a comprehensive investigation to verify the accuracy of the reported details, emphasising the administration’s determination to uncover the truth and take appropriate action against any identified breaches or infractions.
Reiterating the ministry’s role as the primary source of verified information about the government’s actions, Idris assured that only accurate details regarding the investigation’s progress would be shared with the public.
Emphasising the government’s focus on fairness and impartiality throughout the investigative process, the minister urged Nigerians to remain patient, assuring that the findings would be communicated transparently once concluded.