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Published On: Fri, Sep 26th, 2014

$9.3 arms deal has ridiculed Nigeria worldwide – Fashola

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Fashola2sssFrom Ayodele Samuel, Lagos

Lagos State Governor Babatunde Fashola yesterday said the alleged $9.3 million cash seized by the South African government has made the country a laughing stock worldwide.

Fashola however said the Federal Government was not consistent with information on the abducted Chibor girls and the attack on the Bama community saying “Nigerian deserves to know the current state of the issues.”

Fashola who spoke at the 2014 Gani Fawehinmi memorial colloquium held at the University of Lagos, Yaba, which also had in attendance, former governor of Lagos State, Admiral Ndubuisi kanu, Professor Itsey Sagay and others.

Fashola, reacting over the alleged arms deal and what the late Gani Fawehinmi would have done if he were alive, lamented that the issue has “made us mere stuff worldwide. And this happened because of the value choices that we have made. Let us stop pointing fingers at those people, you all voted for them. They are representatives of the values we have chosen to live with.

“Will Gani Fawehinmi have stood by and watch without demanding an explanation on how the money was spent. And how N2 trillion was spent on oil subsidy without appropriation. Also, how will he have reacted to the stories of the disappearance of the $20 billion or $49 billion depending on what side you believe?”, Fashola added.

He lamented that the central government had not been consistent on sensitive issues concerning its citizens especially the continuous abduction of the Chibok girls.

Fashola who spoke48 hours after the Nigerian Army told Nigerians that the abducted Chibok girls have been released and few hours after, back-tracked on the information it released earlier, said “At one moment, the information was that the girls were not abducted. Later, we were told by the Federal Government that they now know where the girls are kept.

“Few months later, the same government came out to inform its citizens that the girls have been recovered. And in few minutes, they (Federal Government through the Nigerian Army) back tracked on its earlier information.

“Over the last few days, similar incident in occurred in Bama and the report from that place was that insurgency has taken over power. The media organisations who reported it were castigated. The reason was that they reported that Bama have been ceded. And few days later, there was another report that Bama have been recaptured. So if you recapture it and you said that you didn’t lose it.

“It shows that there is a problem; the right to know. We (Nigerian) must be updated on the progress and challenges on the issue. And there must be consistency of information.

“I know that these are difficult time for the country but the right to know. And we are not saying that the government should reveal all the information at its disposal. But there must be some consistency of conduct. That was why every one hundred days, I report the situation of the state to the residents whom I believe elected me into office,” the governor said.


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