Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State yesterday accused President Goodluck Jonathan of consistently lying, saying the lies were negatively affecting the lives of ordinary Nigerians.
Fashola also alleged that the Jonathan administration had looted Nigeria more than any other government before it, declaring; “It is time for them to go and they must go”.
The Lagos governor made this known at the All Progressives Congress (APC) campaign rallies in Ejigbo and Ladipo auto spare parts market in Mushin.
According to Fashola, President Jonathan lied to Nigerians about issues that affect lives, including electricity, security and the economy, adding that the president had also taken steps to muzzle truth.
He recalled that Jonathan in 2011 promised Lagosians that he would make electricity available to them, “but without fulfilling the promise, the president later lied in a programme on Cable News Network (CNN) that the people of Lagos were enjoying constant electricity”.
Fashola also recalled that shortly after the news of the kidnap of the Chibok school girls by Boko Haram broke out, the military claimed that they had rescued the girls but when Nigerians demanded to see the girls, the military said the girls were not kidnapped.
“The most distressing aspect of the issue was when President Jonathan was advised to visit the parents of the girls and console them soon after the kidnap, he refused and instead decided to invite the aggrieved parents to Abuja, an action that is un-African”, he said.
The governor added: “This same government of Jonathan lied to us that they had signed a peace accord with the Boko Haram and since then, they claimed more than five times that they had killed Shekau, the Boko Haram leader, yet Shekau is still alive”.
On the Economy, Fashola recalled the issue of the alleged missing $20 billion, pointing out that when the former CBN Governor now Emir of Kano, Alhaji Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, blew the whistle, he was sacked by the president.
“They sacked the one who told the truth and retained the people that are telling them lies”, he noted.
Addressing the crowd earlier, the APC Governorship Candidate for Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, urged the people to be steadfast and more determined in their campaigns and rallies for Change at the centre, adding that, “it is only the elections that have been shifted but the people’s destiny cannot be shifted”.