A month to the end of this administration, Secretary to the Government
of the Federation Mr. Anyim Pius Anyim maybe heading for an ugly
showdown with his principal, President Goodluck Jonathan as he has
defiled the directives of President Jonathan to relieve the Director
General of the National Sports Commission, (NSC), Mr. Gbenga
Elegbeleye of his job following accusation of cross misconducts.
Senior government aides and top sports ministry officials are accusing
Mr. Anyim of attempting to undermine the office of the president in
enforcing the sack order on the DG NSC.
Though the SGF has not come out publicly to state why he has refused
to carryout President Jonathan’s orders, sources are claiming that Mr.
Anyim is attempting to use delay tactics to keep the embattled
Elegbeleye in office until the end of the Jonathan’s regime.
President Jonathan had last Wednesday via a letter directed Mr. Anyim
to sack Mr. Elegbeleye, following complains of gross misconduct as the
head of the sports body since his appointment as the DG NSC.
The letter which was signed by Senior Special Assistant to President
Jonathan on Administration, Mr. Matt Aikhionbare, titled
Re:Consideration for the appointment of a technocrat and a seasoned
administrator as Director General of the National Sports Commission
(NSC), with reference no
President Jonathan expressly directed the SGF to sack the NSC DG with
Mr. President had on page four of the letter sent to him by the sports
minister, Dr. Tammy Danagogo, dirtied the SFG, on April 15, 2015 thus
“the current DG is hereby relieved. please post Mr. Alhassan Yakmut as
Despite this directive by Jonathan, Anyim, had instead sat on the
letter and directed Elegbeleye to engage influential individuals and
top politicians to intercede on his behalf with President Jonathan to
keep his job.
“Mr. Anyim’s behaviour is gross indiscipline and for a senior
appointee of the president to be behaving like this shows that he does
not have any respect for Mr. President,” a senior aide to the
The trouble started for Mr. Elebgeleye when he decided to continually
disregard the directives of the minister of sports in the day to day
running of the sports commission.
Our correspondent’s investigations revealed that Mr. Elegbeleye had in
the last six months refused to take the orders of the minister in the
financial and administrative management of the sports body and on
several occasions told the minister that he would not take orders from
According to a top sports administrator in the ministry of sports “Mr.
Elegbeleye had constituted himself into a mini-god in the ministry. He
does whatever he likes without the knowledge of the sports minister or
anybody for that matter and whenever the minister confronts him for an
explanation, he tells him straight that he (Elegbeleye) is the
accounting officer of the NSC and that he is not obliged to take
orders from him.”
A case in question was when a director retired from the NSC about a
month ago and Mr. Elegbeleye without recourse to the minister posted a
replacement to the department and when he was confronted by the
minister why he took the decision without his knowledge, the NSC DG
was said to have simply told the minister that he does not take orders
Our correspondent’s investigations revealed that frustrated by Mr.
Elegbeleye’s disregard for his office, Dr. Danagogo, complained to the
head of the civil service of the federation (HOSCF) Mr. Dalandi
Kifasi, who on the strength of the minister’s statement wrote Mr.
Elegbeleye, ordering him to rescind his decision.
Mr. Kifasi was said to have consequently posted a director to replace
Elegbeleye’s appointee but the DG refused to respect then HOSCF’s
directives and continued to retain the director he posted to hold
forte at the department.
Angered and frustrated by Mr. Elegbeleye’s obstinacy and gross
disregard for his office, Dr. Danagogo subsequently complained to
President Jonathan via a letter of all the misconducts of the DG, and
the president wrote Mr. Anyim ordering him to immediately “relieve Mr.
Elegbeleye of his job” but for reasons best known to the former senate
president, he refused to obey Mr. President’s directives.
As at the time of filing this report, Mr. Elegbeleye was still
parading himself as the DG NSC and boasting that “there is nothing
anybody can do to remove him from office”.
Outside the Elegbeleye’s saga, ministers and top Jonathan’s appointees
have also accussed Mr. Anyim of cornering all appointments in agencies
and parastatals and populating them with his advisers and cronies.
“Look at all the departments and paratstatals in most of the
ministries, Mr. Anyim has filled them with his cronies and advisers.
There is no minister in this government who can boast of appointing
his choice of persons into any of the departments or agencies under
them. None,” the source lamented.
A him the great opportunist is now chewing more than he can bite. At this stage he is going further than mhis luck could carry him…GEJ please know ck him out!