The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, on Tuesday, advised Nigerians not to misinterpret his disagreement with the House of Representatives over his ministry’s budget, saying he has no personal issues with members of the lower chamber.
The minister who made the assertion, while fielding questions from State House correspondents, said, “let me make it very clear that many of the Senators and honourable members are my personal friends; so, you don’t fight your friends.
“I say that the words that we use will potentially redirect our attention from what the real issue is. I don’t think that a feud is the right word to use.
“A disagreement; yes, a very healthy disagreement. Don’t forget that we are not disagreeing about who should head what. We are not disagreeing about who should take what share of the national cake.
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“We are disagreeing about how to develop Nigeria and that for me is very healthy for our democracy.’’
He, however, admitted that it was possible that “in the heat of the moment while trying to canvass our different positions we are misconstrued as fighting but I am not fighting anybody.’’
He added that his responsibility both as a minister and a citizen will be “to continue to engage,’’ stressing that he had no intentions of fighting anybody.
The minister, however, passed a vote of confidence on the leadership provided by the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, the Senate President and the Speaker of the House of Representatives. NAN