$9.3m Saga: Nigeria Now A Laughing Stock Worldwide – Fashola

Fashola_3Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State yesterday said the $9.3 million cash seized by the South African government has made Nigeria a laughing stock on the global stage.

Fashola, who spoke at the 2014 Gani Fawehinmi memorial colloquium held at the University of Lagos, Yaba, lamented the death of the legal luminary, saying late Chief Gani Fawehinmi would have put the federal government on its toes on the issue.

The governor said, “The issue has made us mere laughing stock 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 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?”

He also pointed out that the federal government had not been consistent on sensitive issues concerning its citizens, especially the continued captivity of the Chibok girls.

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