A human rights group, Human Rights Monitoring Agenda (HURMA), has written a petition to President Muhammadu Buhari over an alleged ploy by notable individuals to stop the confirmation of Dr Muiz Banire as the Chairman of Assets Management Company of Nigeria.
SaharaReporters had earlier discovered moves by former Lagos State Governor, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, to stall the confirmation of Banire by the Senate over hierarchical differences in the All Progressives Congress (APC), which the two belong to.
Tinubu had previously met with the three senators representing Lagos State, Olamilekan Solomon, Remi Tinubu and Gbenga Ashafa to ensure Banire was not confirmed as the Chairman of AMCON.
Subsequently, when Banire is to appear before the Senate for Confirmation on Wednesday, July 25, 2018, the three senators submitted a petition rejecting his nomination.
In his reaction, Banire vowed not to beg anyone, claiming they are not God.
HURMA labelled Tinubu and his cohorts "cogs in the wheel of progress", asserting that they have placed their selfish interests over the country's.
Condemning the action in its petition to Buhari, Senate President Bukola Saraki and Speaker of the House of Representatives Yakubu Dogara, the group noted that the action would affect the party ahead of the coming 2019 general election.
The rights group urged Buhari, Saraki and Dogara to act accordingly and ensure Banire is confirmed. It added that the intimidation of Banire would serve as a litmus test for the survival of the party.
It also urged Buhari to foster a country where citizens are free to act as freeborn rather than having their aspirations tied to the cult-like individuals who use political power as tools of subjugation and thereby accentuate political corruption in Nigeria.