Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture, has countered the claim made by Senate President Bukola Saraki in an Interview on Kwara Radio that he donated N10m to victims of Offa robbery.
The Minister who insisted that the senate president did not donate a dine to the victims of the attacked warmed him no to play politics with the lives of the victims of the April 4 incident.
Saraki had said in the controversial radio interview that he donated 10 million Naira when he visited Offa to commiserate with the people in the aftermath of the robbery. And he added that the amount that was stolen from the banks’ vaults was 7 million Naira.
The Minister, in his second response to the interview, contained in a statement by his media aide, Mr. Segun Adeyemi in Lagos, warned the former governor not to dance on the grave of the deceased for political points.
The Minister said the overly aggressive and crude response by Dr. Saraki to the first warning has shown that he is not ready to heed the admonition, hence the need to re-state it, and to condemn any attempt to denominate human lives in Naira and Kobo.
“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 Minister queried.
He said he will continue to steer the debate on the political developments in Kwara State to issues rather than exchange of personal insults, which he has always been averse to.
“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,” the Minister said.