Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance Dr Mrs Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is definitely one of those who are presently not happy with former member of the House of Representatives, Mr Dino Melaye. However, this time around, it has nothing to do with the impregnation of any Yoruba movie actress – or maybe so.
Following a protest by demonstrators at the Federal Ministry of Finance, calling for the resignation of Okonjo-Iweala, the office of the minister, through her Senior Special Assistant, Paul C Nwabuikwu, has released a press statement lambasting Dino Melaye whom, it believed, is responsible for the protest.
The release reads in part:
“Earlier today, a disreputable former member of the House of Representatives, Mr Dino Melaye brought a handful of demonstrators to the Federal Ministry of Finance who conducted themselves in an unruly manner… We have it on good authority that Mr Melaye’s group was sponsored by some of the indicted oil barons who are currently being investigated and prosecuted for subsidy fraud. Their allegation to wrong subsidy payments made by the Ministry is a mere ruse to conceal their true motives.
“The Melaye demonstration was ostensibly to call for the resignation of the Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance who is well known for fighting the fraudulent oil barons whose names were published by the Federal Ministry of Finance for various breaches of the subsidy regime… Nigerians are, of course, not deceived by the antics of Mr Melaye who has no known pedigree as a civil society activist or even a reputation for honour or common decency.”