Vice chairman of House of Reps committee on petroleum downstream, Danlami Muhammad Kurfi has called for immediate reversal of the suspension of SEC boss, Munir Gwarzo.
In a statement made available to newsmen, Kurfi who chided the finance minister for the suspension said the act was capable of casting doubt in the minds of many Nigerians, in the on going anti corruption war.
He alleged that facts in the public domain suggested that the suspension was done to avert forensic audit of Oando stressing that “we have to build confidence on investors by proving that our resolve to reposition the economy is not mere fluke.
Kurfi who represents Dutsinma/Kurfi federal constituency of Katsina state said “Munir Gwarzo has demonstrated exemplary leadership as the Director-General of the Securities and Exchange Commission. He is a trusted helmsman that has earned the respect of stakeholders in the Nigerian capital market operations.
He described Gwarzo’s suspension as “an abuse of public office, completely unexpected and unacceptable of a government official”.
The suspension of Gwarzo has continued to generate reaction with different stakeholders including some Panto shareholders, calling for urgent reversal.
Only yesterday, the South-South Coordinator of the Oando Shareholders Solidarity Group (OSSG), Mr Clement Ebitimi, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to sack the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, for allegedly meddling in the forensic audit of Oando Plc.
In a press release issued in Port Harcourt, yesterday, Ebitimi said Adeosun has “lost the moral authority” to remain in President Buhari’s cabinet considering “her repugnant role in shielding the embattled management of Oando Plc from forensic audit in the face of the monumental abuse in the company”.
Ebitimi, who led a group of shareholders to protest at Oando’s Annual General Meeting in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State in September said, “We condemn in strongest terms the recent suspension of the Director-General of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Dr. Munir Gwarzo, by the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun.