20th January, 2016
Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state on Wednesday challenged the country’s Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, to make public names of the 15 former governor and 55 Nigerians that he claimed stole N1.34 trillion between 2006 and 2013 or keep his mouth shut permanently.
Mohammed had, few days ago, revealed that some former governors and political office holders stole a total of N1.34 trillion from the country’s coffers before the President Muhammadu Buhari administration.
But for Fayose, “the reality is that the All Progressives Congress (APC) Federal Government has destroyed the economy within eight months in power and rather than look for solutions to the problems facing Nigeria.
“Lai Mohammed and his cohorts are branding bogus figures about stolen money just to cover up their lack of solution to the country’s economic problems.”
The governor, who also described as disgraceful, bringing the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh to court in handcuff, said: “even the masterminds of Mandala and Nyanya bomb blasts, Kabiru Sokoto and Aminu Sadiq Ogwuche, were not handcuffed when they were arraigned in court.”
Through his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, Governor Fayose said it was funny that close to one year after it won the presidential election, the President Mohammadu Buhari-led APC government was still operating as if it was campaigning for votes.
“They are turning governance to Nollywood, such that when one movie is about to end, they release another one.
“As it appears that the $2.1 billion arms deal movie is getting to an end; Lai Mohammed introduced another movie titled; ‘N1.34 trillion loot’.
“Unfortunately for them this time around, Nigerians have become tired of watching the Federal Government movies, they now want reality.
“Nigerians are now aware of the scam in the $2.1 billion arms deal movie having seen that the amount those already charged to court were charged with is not more than N10 billion and $2.1 billion is over N600 billion.
“Therefore, Lai Mohammed must either tell Nigerians details of the 15 former governors and 55 people that he claimed stole N1.34 trillion, where the stolen money is kept and bring back the money or apologise to Nigerians for lying.”
While describing the persistent claim by the Federal Government that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) destroyed Nigeria for 16 years as hypocritical, Fayose said Nigerians must begin to ask which party majority of those presently ruling the country under the APC government were between 1999 and 2014.
“Majority of those who ran the Federal Government between 1999 and 2003 under the PDP are in the APC government today.
“President, Vice-President, ministers, governors, senators and House of Reps members who were part of the PDP government are now in APC. Yet, APC keeps telling Nigerians that PDP ruined the country. This hypocrisy must stop,” he said.
The governor insisted that the due process of the law must be followed in fighting corruption and that disobedience to court
orders itself is a criminal offence that is more grievous than corruption.
He said no amount of harassment and intimidation would silence opposition in the country.
He also urged President Buhari and his men to rather get used to the reality that opposition must exist in a democracy.