“I wont give account of my administration on the pages of newspapers,”- Fashola

FORMER Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babatunde Fashola, has declared that he is not interested in giving account of his stewardship on the pages of newspapers.
Fashola, who spoke at the 16th Bishop Mike Okonkwo annual lecture in Lagos on Thursday made the declaration in his response to a question during the question and answer session, at the event held at Shell Hall, Muson Centre,  Lagos.

The former governor who was the guest lecturer, spoke on the lecture titled: “The Nigerian political class and the citizens quest for good governance,” made the declaration when he was asked by a reporter to break his silence over the allegations trailing his administration in Lagos State.

However, a mild drama unfolded during the question-and-answer session.
A journalist from The SUN, Mr. Chika Abanobi, noted that Fashola was right to urge Nigerians to hold their leaders accountable.

He, therefore, asked Fashola to respond to the allegations of corruption levelled against him which included the N78m the former governor spent on the personal website.

Some personalities at the high table, which included the host, Dr. Mike Okonkwo, who is the presiding Bishop of The Redeemed Evangelical Mission, did not feel comfortable when Fashola was put on the spot as some signalled to the journalist to keep shut and sit down.

Popular comedian, Tee A, who was the Master of Ceremony, jibed, “Mr. SUN, continue standing in the Sun.”

Fashola, who was taken aback by the journalist’s audacity, responded, “To the man in The SUN, I don’t respond to allegations on the pages of newspapers.”
“I wont give account of my administration on the pages of newspapers,” Fashola said.

In his lecture, Fashola attributed the success in curtailing the menace of Ebola Virus Disease in Nigeria, to the cremation law his administration has put in place in Lagos.

“When we introduced the cremation law, there were lots of criticism. It got to a stage where  I had to come out and explained to the people that it was necessary that everyone must cremate their dead.

“But, I also let our people know that we have become a global city state, there are people from other parts of the world who are living with us and who cremation is not alien to as it is a way of life. They live here, work here, but when they die, they are taking out of here. Why? Why can”t they be buried here?

Earlier, the chairman of the occasion, Professor George Obiozor, who was also a former Nigerian Ambassador to the US, said it is crucial that a cursory look be taken on Nigerian political evolution from time to time. 
“When we do this, we will know where we are coming from, where we are, and of course, where we are going,” Obiozor said.

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