Tinubu Must Be Told The Truth, Says Ndume

Senate chief whip, Ali Ndume, has replied Kogi West senator, Sunday Karimi over his comments on the relocation of some federal agencies’ offices to Lagos.
In his reaction yesterday’s to Karimi that Ndume did not act for the Senate on the matter, the Upper House chief whip said it would be unpatriotic not to tell President Bola Ahmed Tinubu the truth about the happenings in the country.

This came as a former presidential spokesman, Dr Doyin Okupe, backtracked his comment on Senator Ndume, stating that the ranking lawmaker was misunderstood.
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) had earlier announced it will be taking some critical departments to Lagos to decongest their offices in Abuja.
Specifically, CBN said the departments for relocation are the Banking Supervision, Other Financial Institutions Supervision, Consumer Protection Department, Payment System Management Department, and Financial Policy Regulations Department.

The plans by CBN and FAAN elicited condemnation from different quarters especially from Northern Apex socio-cultural organisation, Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF).
While featuring on a live television programme on Tuesday, Ndume, who is representing Borno South at the Senate said Tinubu is being ill-advised by “Lagos boys” in the corridors of power.
“All these Lagos boys who are thinking that Lagos is Nigeria are just misinforming and advising the President wrongly,” Ndume was quoted as saying.
Ndume‘s stand about the planned relocation of the CBN and FAAN offices to Lagos is being celebrated across the country especially Northerners.
While former presidential spokesman Doyin Okupe, and Ndume’s colleague, Sunday Karimi earlier disassociated themselves from the Borno lawmaker‘s comment, Okupe backtracked, stating that Ndume meant well for the country.

In a response to Karimi’s comment, Ndume said he did not speak on behalf of the Northern Senators or the Senate but as a northerner in support of the majority of Northerners and some Nigerians who are against the action of CBN governor, Olayemi Cardoso and the minister of aviation, Festus Keyamo.
“With all due respect I did not speak on behalf of the Northern Senators or the Senate but as a Northerner in support of the majority of Northerners and some Nigerians who are against the action of CBN Governor and the Minister of Aviation,” Ndume said while quoting a former US President who said it is unpatriotic not to tell the truth.
“A famous former American President said ‘Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president or any other public official, save exactly to the degree in which he himself stands by the country. It is patriotic to support him insofar as he efficiently serves the country. It is unpatriotic not to oppose him to the exact extent that by inefficiency or otherwise he fails in his duty to stand by the country.’
“In either event, it is unpatriotic not to tell the truth, whether about the president or anyone else,” Ndume said

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