$2bn Chinese Loan: Those Criticizing Fayose’s Letter Lack Moral Right To Complain – Aide

Ayodele-FayoseThe Governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, has described the All Progressives Congress, APC, national chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun; Deputy National Chairman, Chief Segun Oni and others criticising him over the letter he wrote to the Chinese government asking it to reject the $2 billion loan request purportedly sought by the federal government, as brazenly hypocritical.
Mr. Fayose had in a letter dated April 12 addressed to President Xi Jinping of China through the Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Gu Xiaojie, claimed that “Nigerians, irrespective of their political and religious affiliations” are totally opposed to any foreign loan.
The letter was written at a time President Muhammadu Buhari was on a state visit to China.
The Presidency, however, said while Mr. Buhari’s visit yielded over $6 billion investments for Nigeria, it did not involve the signing of any loan deal.
The widely-reported letter elicited condemnations for the Ekiti governor with constitutional expert and Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee on Anti-Corruption, Prof. Itse Sagay, SAN, saying Mr. Fayose was on a journey to ‘self-destruction’.
Reacting to the criticisms that trailed his boss’ letter, Fayose’s Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, described President Buhari’s non-signing of any direct loan agreement with the Chinese government during his visit as a vindication of the governor’s position, maintaining that “what Nigeria needs is the collaboration of the Government of China in the area of technology transfer, rather than granting loan that will be mismanaged under the guise of building infrastructure”.
In a statement issued in Ado Ekiti on Monday, Mr. Olayinka said “people like Oyegun, Oni and Prof Itse Sagay lack moral rights to complain even if President Muhammadu Buhari is called whatever names, because they never complained when as a sitting president, Dr Goodluck Jonathan was called unprintable names by APC stalwarts and leaders”.
The media aide, who said Governor Fayose only exercised his rights as a Nigerian, asked, “Where were the likes of Oyegun, Oni, Prof Itse Sagay and others when APC promoted crude politics and anti-Nigeria posturing to an unprecedented level when Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was in power?”
He said, “It is on record that APC wrote to the United States of America not to sell arms to Nigeria, reported the country to the European Union, United Nations and went to the bizarre extent of reporting the then Chief of Army Staff, Azubuike Ihejirika, to the International Criminal Court (ICC), not for committing the kind of genocide committed against the Shiite Muslims in Zaria and Agatus in Benue, but for killing Boko Haram insurgents.
“On one occasion, a certain APC stalwart insinuated that Jonathan’s visit to Chad was to plan further attacks on the North, tweeting that; ‘Boko Haram: Jonathan visits Chadian President Idris Deby for the second time in two months, to plan further attacks?’
“It is also on record that instead of lending his voice to the federal government efforts to dislodge Boko Haram insurgents, President Buhari opted to describe the clampdown on Boko Haram as injustice against the North. He went on to accuse the government of killing and destroying houses of Boko Haram insurgents while the Niger Delta militants were given special treatment by the government.
“Even when Oni was Ekiti State Governor as a PDP member, Action Congress (AC) as APC was then, wrote against his government move to obtain a N5 billion loan. Isn’t it then funny that because he is now in APC, the same Oni is now against Governor Fayose doing the same thing done against him by the APC elements in Ekiti State?
“Isn’t it also funny that in Oyegun, Oni, Sagay, others, political dictionary of hypocrisy, it was right for APC stalwart to have reported the federal government to ICC but wrong for Fayose to have written to the Chinese government on the federal government’s plan to mortgage the future of Nigeria and its people?”
Mr. Olayinka further said since the federal government claimed it has recovered and still recovering trillions of Naira allegedly looted from the treasury, there was no need to borrow money from anywhere to finance the 2016 Budget.
“With the $200 billion they claimed is coming from Dubai, $700 million raw cash they said was found in Diezani Alison Madueke’s house, N3 trillion said to have been saved from the Treasury Single Account (TSA) and N4.5 trillion the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) said it will generate this year, what then is the rationale behind the federal government seeking any loan?” he queried.

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