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Calls for Kachikwu's resignation slammed

29 March 2016, 17:37

Lagos – A socio-political analyst has accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader, Bola Tinubu, of hypocrisy after the party demanded the resignation of Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, following comments he made in the wake of the fuel shortages.

The junior minister has been quoted as saying “he did not receive training as a magician and that the fuel crisis could last for up to a period of another two months.”

“In saying this, Kachikwu, it seemed, was trying to make Nigerians understand the efforts being put in by him and his team to bring the crisis to an end but that it was going to take some time to achieve and that Nigerians should brace up to the challenge until a permanent solution is found to the crisis,” Jude Ndukwe, the analyst said.

He noted Kachikwu’s comments had angered senior APC officials, among them Tinubu.

“But desperate politicians like Tinubu obviously read a deeper meaning into it than the rest of us.

Also read: Buhari wades into Tinubu, Kachikwu feud

“Looking for a cannon fodder with which he would relaunch himself into national reckoning, he picked on Kachikwu’s statement and made a mince meat of it.”

He queried why Tinubu had not reprimanded other officials, including President Muhammadu Buhari, for controversial statements.

“What has Kachikwu said that Buhari has not said worse things to the citizens? When Buhari says Nigerians should prepare for tough times ahead, people like Tinubu hail him and say he is being brutally honest but when technocrats in the midst of a wolfish political class say the same thing, pretentious godfathers say they are being flippant.”

Ndukwe pointed out Information Minister, Lai Mohammed had said “worse things” repeatedly.

“Rotimi Amaechi (then Rivers governor) committed treason when, in the run up to the last presidential election, he said the APC would form a parallel government.”

Ndukwe alleged Edo Governor Adams Oshiomhole once told an indigene of Edo State that she should “go and die” for all he cared.

He added Femi Adeshina, one of president Buhari’s spokespersons said those complaining about the power shortages must stop blaming Buhari but “go out there and fight installation vandals by themselves.”

“Where was Tinubu all this while when these “progressives” kept churning out gibberish against the Nigerian state and people instead of apologizing and seeking their understanding on matters of national importance?” Ndukwe asked.

“The fact is that Tinubu’s demand of Kachikwu to apologise to Nigerians is far-fetched. Such a call is alien to the ruling party.”




- CAJ News


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