Governor Fashola on Federal Government handling of Appropriation of Public funds and Chibok Girls
Yesterday, at the 2014 Gani Fawehinmi Memorial Colloquium held at the University of Lagos, Akoka-Yaba Lagos, Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola lamented that the alleged $9.3 million cash seized by the South African government has made the country a laughing stock worldwide.
He stated that everyone should share in the blame. He also wondered among many other things, what prolific activist, late Gani Fawehinmi, would have done in the illegal arms situation. He said;
“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.
“Would Gani Fawehinmi have stood by and watch without demanding an explanation on how money was spent. 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 you believe?”
Also commenting on the Federal Government’s caveman attitude in handling sensitive matters like the #Chibok girls abduction, Governor Fashola 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 informed 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 occurred in Bama and the report from that place was that insurgents had 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 (Nigerians) must be updated on the progress and challenges on the issue.”