By Biola Adebayo
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has said that he is presenting to the public available pieces of evidence of how the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, lied that he donated N10 million to the victims of Offa bank robbery.
In a statement issued in Abuja on Wednesday, the minister said he is presenting to the public both the unedited version of a live radio interview as well as the allegedly doctored, re-broadcast version on the donated fund to show Saraki’s disdain for truth.
Specifically, the minister said that in the live radio interview on Christmas Day, Saraki said he donated the N10 million to the robbery victims in Offa.
However, it was doctored before it was re-broadcast to remove any reference to the claimed donation of N10 million to victims of the armed robbery.
Mohammed said he is releasing the evidence for Nigerians to see the extent to which “some leaders can go to deceive the people and peddle lies just to shore up their dwindling fortunes”.
”In the unedited live version, Dr Saraki, speaking in Yoruba, said categorically that he donated N10 million when he visited Offa to commiserate with the victims of the armed robbery.
“He claimed he is donating N10 million, whereas about N7 million was stolen from the vaults of the banks that were robbed during the attack.
“However, the version for re-broadcast did not contain any reference to the Offa robbery.
‘Whereas they claimed to have re-broadcast the interview due to popular demand, the truth is that they decided to
re-air it without the claim of N10 million donation due to the widespread derision that greeted that phantom claim.
“These people have a chronic disdain for the truth,” he said.
Mohammed challenged the Senate President to answer three critical questions or learn to keep his peace:
“The first one is did he not say, during the live interview, that the money in the vault was N7 million and that he dropped N10 million when he went to Offa on a condolence visit?
“The second question is did he really drop any money on that occasion?
“And the third, did he or did he not doctor the original broadcast?”
The minister said while he would not want to exchange words with Saraki on who is truly a grassroots politician in Kwara State, it is important to let him know that six weeks from now, the people of Kwara would answer that question.
“On November 17 2018, the people of Kwara gave a hint of their determination to sack the rapacious leaders who have dominated their lives when they voted for the All Progressives Congress in the bye-election for the Ekiti/Isin/Irepodun/Oke-Ero federal constituency.
“That crushing defeat so devastated the political warlords, who hitherto claimed invincibility, that they started doing what they have never done before, going from ward to ward to the campaign!
“Unfortunately, the game is up for them, as they will soon learn, because the people have resolved that ‘O to ge’ (enough is enough). In the meantime, they are free to continue to revel in self-deceit,” the Minister said.