The Igbo political think tank group, Aka Ikenga has lampooned critics of the Minister of Aviation, Princess Stella Oduah-Ogiemwonyi over the controversy trailing the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA’s purchase of two armored BMW cars valued at N255 million for the minister’s use.
Describing the report by an online news portal – Sahara Reporters – which first broke the story on Tuesday as ‘falsehood’ and a ‘campaign of calumny’ against Mrs. Oduah-Ogiemwonyi, the group’s president, Goody Uwazurike, said anyone, who believes the report is an idiot!
“It is an idiot who believes what is written by Sahara Reporters. People should stop peddling falsehood. Don’t give a dog a bad name in order to hang that dog”, he said.
“The first question we need to ask is ‘were the cars budgeted for?’ If it is part of the current budget, there is nothing wrong in that.
“Also, why are people giving the impression that the cars were the personal property of the Minister?
“Every ministry has official cars scattered in almost all the airports in this country. But when the Minister leaves or resigns, he or she leaves all those cars behind.
“There is a serious campaign in some quarters to get Mr. President to sack the Minister, why? Is it the Minister’s fault that a pilot decides to take a plane that is being repaired and fly it in the air?
“Let us stop all these campaigns of calumny against the Minister,” the Aka Ikenga leader stated.