The Chief of Staff to the Nigerian President, Mr Mike Oghiadomhe, has resigned his appointment, albeit under a controversial circumstance.
Mr Oghiadomhe, on Monday afternoon, sent his resignation letter to the President.
Although the presidency would not disclose the circumstances surrounding the Chief of Staff’s resignation, online reports indicate it may be in connection with his alleged involvement in the ongoing controversy surrounding the missing funds at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC)
The Central Bank of Nigeria had accused the NNPC of not remitting $20 billion to the Federation Account. The NNPC has denied the claims.
however, confirming the resignation, the Media Adviser to the President, Reuben Abati, says Oghiadomhe resigned to pursue his political ambition.
He explained that the president had called on cabinet members with political ambitions to exit on time.
He also noted that there is yet no replacement for Oghuiadomhe whose appointment was renewed in July 2011 by President Goodluck Jonathan.
President Goodluck Jonathan is sending an official delegation headed by the President of the Senate, Senator David Mark to represent the Federal Government at the formal consecration of Archbishop John Onaiyekan as a Cardinal of the Catholic Church by Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican tomorrow.
This was confirmed by a statement signed by the special adviser to the president on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati.
Other members of the delegation are the Chief of Staff to the President, Mike Oghiadomhe, the Minister of Aviation, Princess Stella Oduah, the Minister of State (FCT), Oloye Olajumoke Akinjide and the Chaplain of the Presidential Villa Chapel, Venerable Obioma Onwuzurumba.
It will be recalled that Archbishop Onaiyekan’s elevation to the College of Cardinals was announced by the Vatican on October 24, this year.
President Jonathan has also mandated members of the delegation to stop over in Hanover, Germany on their way back to visit Governor Danbaba Suntai of Taraba State who is receiving treatment there for injuries sustained in a recent plane crash.
The delegation which is scheduled to leave Abuja today is due back on Sunday.