Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has debunked claims by senate president, Bukola Saraki, that he (Saraki) donated N10 million to victims of last April Offa robbery.
According to the Minister, Saraki donated 10 million naira, when the Offa market got burnt, in Ilorin, not Offa, and not for the Offa robbery victims.
“When Dr Saraki visited Offa to commiserate with the community in the aftermath of the robbery, he did not donate a dime! I challenge him to prove me wrong.”
Segun Adeyemi, Mohammed’s media aide, in a statement in Lagos on Monday, claimed that, after his first warning, of the embarrassing radio interview, it was quickly edited to remove all references to the Offa robbery and then re-aired across Kwara State.
“Instead of stopping at that, which in itself constitutes an acceptance of wrongdoing, Dr. Saraki went ahead to hurl insults at me, even when I have been largely restrained in issuing my earlier warning. Had I not been restrained, I would have gone ahead to divulge what actually transpired.
”But with politics in the air, the truth becomes the first casualty. Realising that he goofed, Dr. Bukola apparently caused the radio interview in question to be edited to remove the donation reference, and then re-aired. Is it not an irony that the people who engaged in this egregious act of dishonesty are the same ones calling others names?
”The people of Kwara, who are bone-tired of the long years of ‘bolekaja’ governance in the state, are all saying in one voice, ‘O to ge’ (enough is enough), and will soon have the opportunity to express their frustration with their votes.”