Interview, Politics

Adebayo Shittu Denies Abandoning Buhari

Alhaji Adebayo Shittu, Minister of Communications has denied the story spreading like wild harmattan fire that he has abandoned President Muhammadu Buhari…

“With due respect, I think that idea that I will stop to campaign for Buhari is nonsensical. I was the first cabinet member, who started the campaign for Buhari’s re-election. I am still a part of this government, I am still a part of APC. In fact, I am a foundation member of the APC and my interaction and relationship with President Buhari isn’t just starting with APC.”

“I was his party’s governorship candidate in Oyo State, the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) in 2011, and he continues to earn my respect and adoration because he is one president, who must either be first or be the second to voluntarily reduce his salary by half.”

“I think the first Nigerian leader who did that was General Murtala Muhammed. “So, if he would reduce his legitimate salary by half so that the Nigerian state can utilise it for the good of this country, I still believe in him. So, why would I close down my campaign office? I think it was a mischief.”

“We had a rented apartment; the house in question wasn’t my property. We rented it and we simply couldn’t afford to sustain the rent and the landlord was impatient with us and said we either pay or get out of the place and we took the most sensible decision by vacating that premises.”

“We are in the process of looking for another building, which would be used for Presidnet Buhari second term in office campaign. Hopefully, we would be able to get something cheaper than we had. So, it isn’t true to say that I was no more campaigning.”

“It was the handwork of mischief makers and I think the media, a section of it can’t be exonerated from fake news. Some put the story out without getting my own side of the story. That means the story was self-serving and politically motivated, it was a hack publication.”

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