Our Advice to Tinubu Concerning Fifth Columnists Was Leaked, Claims Arewa Think Tank

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According to the Arewa Think Tank, which had previously urged President Bola Tinubu in mid-November 2023 to prevent fifth columnists from bringing shame on his administration during foreign trips and in the country’s power corridors, the recent leak of secret presidential memos proves that the think tank was correct.

Since then, the president has ordered an audit of the government agency structure to root out what it calls “moles” who support the main opposition party, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

In a statement, Muhammad Alhaji Yakubu, the Chief Convener of the Arewa Think Tank, recalled that in November of last year, when President Tinubu was under fire from critics who claimed that his visit to Saudi Arabia was a waste of time and money, the group advised him to reconsider.

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This is the second time the president has been embarrassed by such criticism, therefore we assumed the fifth columnists were trying to undermine him, Yakubu recalls telling reporters in an interview back in November. Every foreign tour that President Tinubu has taken since becoming president of Nigeria has been a smashing success, but this sort of shame always seems to surface towards the conclusion of the travels.

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We told the president to look into the possibility that there are fifth columnists plotting against him to derail his administration’s progress. Just have a look at his achievements in the UAE. He has been doing a great job of promoting Nigeria. Whenever a vacation is going well, or almost every trip, something embarrassing will surface. His endeavors are being undermined by those in his immediate vicinity. Thus, I believe he ought to delve more into order to reveal them.

You wouldn’t claim these fifth columnists are in Saudi Arabia after seeing the welcoming treatment President Tinubu received from the kingdom. Instead, they are based in Nigeria. There are many who believe President Tinubu did not meet with Crown Prince Salman privately. However, their account was contradictory. President Tinubu met with Prince Salman, as shown in the photo. Therefore, Tinubu needs to look into this more to make sure that the fifth columnists won’t bring shame to his government on future foreign trips.

On Thursday, just before the deadline, an internal memo surfaced that purportedly showed President Tinubu had authorized the transfer of half a billion Nigerian naira to Senator George Akume, who is the secretary to the federal government. A 37-member Tripartite Committee was to be established to deliberate on the New National Minimum Wage with the aforementioned funding.

According to Mr. Bayo Onanuga, the Special Adviser to the President on Information and Strategy, the government must act to find and remove those who are leaking secret papers and are thought to be loyal to the opposition.

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Worryingly, a document prepared by the SGF to the President and bearing the president’s signature came out, according to Onanuga. This proves that there are some dissidents working for the government.

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“Leaks of memos are nothing new. While the president was at the United Nations General Assembly, a note requesting funds to cover his hotel expenses leaked. You might be wondering where this information came from.

The opposition likely has a slew of moles doing their bidding. They are disregarding the policy of the civil service regarding the management of confidential information. This incident demonstrates the need for the government to examine its own practices to determine how internal documents are becoming public knowledge. It is not appropriate for confidential memos to be circulated widely.

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