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  • Updated: March 04, 2024

Former aviation minister berates Tinubu over statement on bribe-seeking officials

Former aviation minister berates Tinubu over statement on br

Former aviation minister Osita Chidoka criticised President Bola Tinubu on Sunday for ordering Qatari business leaders to expose Nigerian officials who accept bribes before conducting business in the country.

While making the statement, Tinubu told the global business community that his administration would take strong action against any unethical or dishonest activity that jeopardised investor trust in the country's economy.

The President stated that the country would no longer be hampered by antiquated corruption and bureaucratic bottlenecks that made doing business tough.

In response to his words, Chidoka expressed his disappointment with Tinubu's choice to de-market the country in the same way that his predecessor had done.

During an appearance on Channels Television's Politics Today, the chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) expressed his concerns.

He said, “It was an unfortunate statement. I was shocked and embarrassed that he was continuing Buhari’s type of de-marketing of Nigeria.

“There are many Nigerians who will not ask for a bribe or disturb people. The people who will probably ask you for a bribe are in the minority. The job of the President is to sell Nigeria, to be the chief spokesperson and chief salesperson of Nigeria.

“I think this is the lacuna that comes when there is a poor briefing from the agencies of government. I don’t really blame the President. I blame the inability of people like the Minister of Information and Foreign Affairs for the theme of the government.

“The government has to have a theme like we are pro-investment, we want to attract foreign exchange. Our mission is to deodorise Nigeria, to tell a good story about Nigeria, to tell Africa’s rising narrative and to say that this change of government is a new mandate that tells you how Nigeria has been able to sustain democracy for 24 going to 25 years now.

“So the story about Nigeria is not a story of bribery and corruption. And we don’t want a President who people are calling from Qatar to report a bribe. They should report them to the police, EFCC, ICPC or any other office of government that deals with that.” 

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