Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu has asked Reno Omokri, aide to former President Goodluck Jonathan to stop lying, or quit the ministry.
According to the presidential aide, Omokri’s statement has prompted him to set the record straight. Shehu in his statement on Sunday said Omokri was never his colleague but a Personal Assistant to his colleague. See full statement below;
“Pastor” Reno Omokri is forcing me to do what I don’t do. I don’t react to published criticisms. I have spent my entire career in the media and as one who criticizes others; you must be ready to take criticism.
— Garba Shehu (@GarShehu) May 27, 2018
This is about exposing a liar masquerading as a pastor. By the way, I have known and worked with exemplary pastors who are decent and from whom you learned more of the etiquette of truth telling.
For those Reno tried to mislead, yes it is a fact that I worked in the media office of a PDP administration.Not for five years as the new-day pastor published but only for six months at which point it was announced on NTA news, to my surprise, that my letter of resignation had been accepted when I hadn’t written any.
I learned of course that I was fired because the head of the country at that time, who believed that every published criticism was sponsored by an insider, read the weekly magazine, The News, and didn’t like what was written about him.
Another point the “Pastor” keeps making is that he was my colleague at that time. No, he wasn’t. His boss was. The Reno I knew was a Personal Assistant (PA) to a Principal Officer like me. He didn’t attend meetings and didn’t receive official briefings as we did but ran errands for his boss.
Not being a principal officer by status, he could not have had an office opposite my own. He may, however, have perched on a stool in one of those offices but I didn’t take particular notice of which one. He was, however, very personable at that time. “Pastor’’ Reno lied by calling me an AGIP – meaning an unprincipled person ready to serve any government in power. The period he was referring to was one in which my ex-boss ran into bad political weather and some of us around him were scapegoated.
I was locked in DSS detention many times, my houses in Kano and Abuja broken into and valuables, including cash some of which were never returned were seized. I was going to court for two years and for the most part of which I didn’t have a passport. Under detention in the DSS I was stripped down to the pants and photographed head to toe. All that didn’t make one to capitulate.
When they lost to Muhammadu Buhari in the party primaries, the candidates in that race, Governor Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso, Waziri Atiku Abubakar, Rochas Okorocha and Sam Nda-Isaiah surrendered their media assets to the winner who had the grace to ask me to lead the media team.
When we won, he (then President-elect Buhari) invited me to serve as one of his two spokespersons and I pledged 100 per cent loyalty to him and that’s where I am. This cannot be AGIP by any standards. Reno should stop lying, if only to help the pastoral calling to retain its good name. Otherwise he should quit the ministry.