Ekiti state Governor Ayo Fayose has reacted to the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed’s claim that 55 Nigerians stole a total of N1.34 trillion between 2006 and 2013.
Fayose has asked Lai Mohammed to make public the names of the said 55 Nigerians who stole the N1.34 trillion if he is sure of his claims or forever keep shut.
He revealed this in a statement by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka.
According to the statement, Fayose said: “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.”
Fayose also described the treatment meted out to Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh as he was led to the court in handcuffs, as disgraceful saying: “Even the masterminds of Mandala and Nyanya bomb blasts, Kabiru Sokoto and Aminu Sadiq Ogwuche were not handcuffed when they were arraigned in court.”
He noted that almost one year after winning the presidential election, the Buhari-led government was still going about its business like it was campaigning for votes.
Fayose said: “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.”
Also addressing the constant claim by the government that the PDP ravaged the country for 16 years, Fayose stated that it is hypocritical of the government to state such.
He further said that Nigerians should start asking which party majority of the politicians holding prominent positions under the APC led 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 also indicted the government of being criminal as he noted that the flouting of court orders, which the government is notorious for in itself is a crime.
He also insisted that due process of the law must be followed in tackling corruption.