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An Igbo pressure group, Igbo Democratic Forum (IDF), has urged President Goodluck Jonathan not to allow groups or individuals to put pressure on him to sack the Aviation Minister, Ms Stella Oduah.
The group said it would be against the laws of natural justice and infringement of fundamental human rights to sack her without exhausting all avenues for her to defend herself against the allegation.
Oduah was alleged to have pressurised some parastatals under her ministry to buy two bullet-proof cars which value up to N225 million, without budgetary allocation and approval, a development that has caused uproar across the country.
In a statement signed by the group’s President, Chief Chidi Ndu, yesterday in Jos, Plateau State, the forum said it would be hasty to relieve the minister of her job when the report of the presidential panel set up by the federal government to investigate the matter was yet to be made public.
The group therefore decried what it described as a hasty call by the House of Representatives on the Presidency to sack Oduah, adding that it will be against the law of natural justice for the president to sack the minister.
"We call on the President to resist the temptation of sacking the aviation minister on trumped-up charges as it will further erode his political base and destroy one of his dependable allies and satisfy those bloody traducers whose aim is actually to get at the president.
"Those against Oduah should wait for the report of the panel set up by the federal government as that is the only way to determine her culpability or not in the allegation," the statement said.
Ndu therefore said it would also be wrong for anybody to call for the sack of the minister because she has not been found guilty of any offence.