Report from the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, says President Muhammadu Buhari has rejected the voluntary retirement of the Head of Service of the Federation, Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita, who reportedly tendered her resignation letter on Sunday.
According to TheCable, she was absent at a two-day Presidential retreat organised for the newly sworn-in ministers which held Monday and Tuesday but surfaced at the swearing-in ceremony of the 43 ministers on Wednesday.
Oyo-Ita had been under the investigation of Nigeria’s anti-graft agency on issues bothering on contracts which were awarded when she was a permanent secretary under the administration of Dr. Goodluck Jonathan.
The alleged mismanagement of funds was not directly linked to her, another report says. She was appointed by Buhari in 2015
The investigation of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) according to report culminated to pressure from her family members for her to pull out of the APC-led government.
It was gathered that she had been absent from public functions after the EFCC grilling, but she was present on Wednesday at the swearing-in of ministers after meeting with the chief of staff to the president, Abba Kyari.
The EFCC’s grilling had also raised suspicion that some cabals within the Aso Rock wanted her out of office; some of the critics of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) said there are plans to replace her with a Northerner.
The insinuations that she was being victimised made Buhari reject her resignation, TheCable reported.