It seems the prayers he made in Israel have finally opened the eyes of President Goodluck Jonathan to the rot in his government and the sins of people like Stella Oduah, the embattled Minister of Aviation. Jonathan finally took his first obvious action against Stella on Monday with the last-minute decision to stop her from signing the much-publicised Bilateral Air Services Agreement (BASA) with Israel. Following the refusal of many Nigerians to say “Amen” to prayer for Stella Oduah in Israel on Sunday, it then dawned on President Jonathan that he can no longer allow Stella to sign another official document SEE MORE AFTER CUT>>>>
In her stead, Minister of State of Foreign Affairs, Prof. Viola Onwuliri, signed the agreement on behalf of the Federal Government of Nigeria. Stella Oduah was shocked as she was present at the venue.
Presidential spokesman, Dr. Reuben Abati, confirmed that Stella Oduah did not sign the BASA agreement on behalf of the government. He however refused to explain why she was not allowed to sign.
But a top Presidency source on the entourage of the President in Israel told Punch that the decision to stop Stella from signing the agreement was taken shortly after Jonathan arrived in Israel.
That same reason, he added, informed the decision of the President’s aides to keep the minister away from the President since their arrival in the country.
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The House Committee on Public Procurement had said in Abuja that Stella and officials of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority risked five-year jail term if found guilty of breaching procurement regulations in purchase of the controversial and “highly inflated” N255m bulletproof cars.