Monday, 26 June 2017
AFRICMIL welcomes reinstatement of sacked whistleblower at Foreign Ministry
AFRICMIL commended the Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation and the Ministry of Foreign of Affairs for their crucial roles in ensuring that the whistleblower was called back to work without further delay. It reminded the government that in much the same way Thompson was persecuted, two whistleblowers, Aaron Kaase of the Police Service Commission (PSC) and Murtala Ibrahim of the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN), are concrete examples of victims of the intense tyranny of their bosses. Kaase has been on suspension without pay since May 21, 2016, while Ibrahim was dismissed outright.
AFRICMIL called on the relevant agencies of government and the Ministers supervising these institutions to urgently take necessary steps to return these workers to their offices and investigate the misconduct they reported. The organisation noted that in addition to the laudable act of returning whistleblowers back to office, investigating bodies, where cases have been reported, needed to speed up the process of investigation and ensure that those indicted are made to face the full wrath of the law.
“While it is ethically correct to recall a dismissed whistleblower, it is also morally right that action is taken on the reported wrongdoing in a just manner. Only through that way can the confidence of potential whistleblowers be sustained,” Onumah noted.
Onumah urged the Federal Ministry of Finance, the administrator of the whistleblower policy, to promptly work out firm guidelines for the safety and protection of whistleblowers, pending the passage of the whistleblower protection bill by the National Assembly.