Fashola tack­les Obanikoro over soldiers’ de­ploy­ment

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Femi Aki­nola, La­gos

La­gos State Gover­nor Ba­batunde Fashola has flayed the Min­is­ter of State for De­fence, Se­na­tor Musiliu Obanikoro, over the de­ploy­ment of soldiers to the state.

The gover­nor, while ad­dress­ing people of the state to mark his 2,500 days in of­fice, said the soldiers are oc­cu­py­ing a large par­cel of land on La­gos Is­land “on the pre­text that the land be­longs to the federal govern­ment”.

Fashola, who lamented that some min­is­ters of­ten for­get that they are rep­re­sent­ing their state by the way they act, cited Se­na­tor Obanikoro’s last weekend de­ploy­ment of soldiers to Ilu­birin, as an ex­am­ple of such in­stances.

“We see them join­ing the federal govern­ment to wage war against their state. It is un­for­tu­nate to see this hap­pen be­cause leg­is­la­tors never do that. They do not join the federal govern­ment to wage war against their states, but min­is­ters do,” Fashola said.

Fashola lamented that La­gos State does not have two min­is­ters like other states, adding that Se­na­tor Obanikoro was ap­pointed a min­is­ter “just be­cause the federal govern­ment re­alised that 2015 is around the cor­ner”.

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