Posted by Timige, On 12 Nov, 2023 | Updated On 12 Nov, 2023 No Comments »
The Chairman, House Committee on Navy, Yusuf Gagdi, has denied reports in a section of the media (not The PUNCH) that he called for the probe of the President Bola Tinubu-led government over saving accruals from petroleum subsidy removal.
Gagdi who represents Pankshin/Kanke/Kanam Federal Constituency, Plateau State was alleged in a report to have said that Tinubu will be made to account for subsidy removal savings.
In a statement issued by his office on Sunday, Gagdi charged the media to verify information before going to press.
The statement read in part, “The integrity of the media is very important, therefore should not be mortgaged or traded for anything.
“This seems to be obvious in a misleading story in some section of the media quoting me to have allegedly said our President, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, will be probed over the subsidy removal.
“Nothing can be farther from the truth in that news report.
“I granted an interview with BBC Hausa Service wherein I made the point that the fuel subsidy needed to go as it was only enriching a few privileged and rich individuals to the exclusion of the majority of Nigerians.
“In the said interview which was in Hausa, I applauded the courage of President Tinubu in removing the subsidy and not buckling under despite pressures from some quarters for the reversal of the fuel subsidy.
“I also acknowledged savings from the subsidy and reiterated the need for prudent spending so the majority of Nigerians can enjoy the dividends of the subsidy removal.
“However, I was taken aback at the sensational headline in which the media decided to couch the news item just for the clicks and gain traction.
“It is most irresponsible, reckless, and designed to pitch me against our hardworking, committed President and his Renewed Hope Agenda.”
Speaking further, the lawmaker noted that “As a parliamentarian and one of the longest serving one at that, I have remained committed to my party, the All Progressives Congress, its aspirations and most importantly the objective of President Tinubu to renew hope and make our country work again.
“Owing to the immense esteem in which I hold the President, I voluntarily stepped down from the Speakership race when I was directed to.
“Therefore, it is not in my character to use certain words or impute any motive concerning this administration that is working to elevate Nigerians out of poverty and make things work better for the majority of our people.
“I urge all and sundry to ignore the mischievous and blackmailing headline and urge media houses to be more circumspect while casting their headlines for the news.”
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