The Civil Society Groups for Good Governance, CSGGG, has warned the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN) to desist from illicit threats to shut down public services in the country at the expiration of 3- week ultimatum due to the Accountant General of the Federation (AGF), Mr. Ahmed Idris refusal to leave office.
Recall the ASCSN had on Friday in a media publication, threatened to take action should the AGF refuse to leave office.
The President of the Group, Comrade Ogakwu Dominic in a press statement, cautioned the group consisting of civil servants to avoid its campaign of calumny on the office of the Accountant General of the Federation as such venture will yield little or no effort.
Ogakwu stated that Mr. Ahmed Idirs was appointed in his first term by President Buhari in a letter communicated by the Head of Service, because he was a civil servant, after finding him worthy of a second tenure, reappointed him through the office of the Secretary General of the Federation, an appointment which was no longer in the line of civil service practices but political appointment.
President Ogakwu is of the opinion that although the AGF reached the retirement age which is 60 on the 25th of November, he had before then tendered his resignation to the Head of Civil Service, so as to continue his appointment politically on the mandate from the SGF.
He said “I am very much aware that we are Nigerians and we should at every point in time be truthful to ourselves.
“It is on the record that the AGF been a law abiding citizen and knowing fully well the implications of going contrary to laid down Civil service rule will not in anyway undermine the constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria, had through a letter to the HOS resigned as a civil servant to carry on with the responsibility given to him by Mr. President.
“It is therefore absurd to see the association of senior civil servants of Nigeria threatening to shut that his office.
“I will most respectfully appeal to them to seek out the truth which I believe based on their action may not be known to them to avoid progressing in error as Nigeria belongs to all of us.
“As guardians of our democracy and ardent pursuers of truth, justice and fairness, we will be the first to ask the Mr. Idris to leave office if the need arises or if we sense any similitude of infraction no matter how insignificant it may appear”
The group debunking allegations that the AGF boasted he was going nowhere because he was close to Mr. President who facilitated his promotion to that office, advised ASCSN to avoid being used by unscrupulous elements to cause chaos and bring to mud the good name and reputation of the accountant general of the federation.