The Nigerian Government has threatened to sack any public official caught leaking sensitive, official documents to the Press.
POLITICS NIGERIA gathered that this development was announced via a circular dated May 22nd issued by the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan.
The circular revealed that the Nigerian government has undergone serious embarrassment over the constant leaks of official documents. The Internal circular was addressed to the office of the vice president, Chief of staff, ministers, permanent secretaries and other branches of government.
“The attention of the Office of the Head of Service of the Federation has been drawn to the recent unfortunate unauthorised disclosure of official documents on social media. In some cases, official documents that have been minuted on, are also leaked. This irresponsible and reckless action is an act of serious misconduct, with a penalty of dismissal from service, as provided for in Public Service Rules Nos. 030401 and 030402.
“The ugly development is embarrassing to government and, therefore, not acceptable. Any public officer caught engaging in this act of serious misconduct, will be severely dealt with in accordance with the provisions of the Public Service Rules.”
“Permanent Secretaries are to draw the attention of all their staff to the contents of this circular and the consequences of breaking the rules.” the circular read.