President Jonathan’s Chief of Staff, Mike Oghiadomhe resigns

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.