John Abiodun, Ado Ekiti
Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, has challenged the Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, to name those “treasury looters” that he claimed were sponsoring the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
Fayose said: “It is high time Nigerians began to hold the Information Minister accountable for his frivolous claims.”
The governor wondered that “more than 20 months after he claimed that 55 Nigerians stole over N1.34 trillion from the country’s treasury from 2006 to 2013, Lai Mohammed is yet to tell Nigerians who the 55 people are.”
In a statement issued on Tuesday by the Governor’s Special Assistant on Public Communications, Lere Olayinka, Fayose called on Nigerians to prevail on the Information Minister to name the treasury looters sponsoring IPOB and provide proof of the sponsorship as well as the 55 people that he said stole over N1.34 trillion.
Fayose said: “On June 10, 2013, Lai Mohammed spoke against the proscription of Boko Haram, saying that it stifled the press and tampered with the fundamental human rights of Nigerians. He also spoke in support of true federalism and restructuring of Nigeria. But today, in defense of President Muhammadu Buhari’s government, everything Lai Mohammed supported then, he is now against and what he was against then, he now supports.
“It is shameful that Lai Mohammed now runs speedily to defend the lion king and his autocratic government, so that he won’t be devoured and in the process of trying to avoid being sacked.
He called on the international community, especially the United Nations and the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate the heinous crime being committed by the military against Nigerians in the Southeast.
According to him, there is no law in Nigeria empowering the military to declare any organization as terrorist and kill unarmed people.