Former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has said he never accused Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai of being responsible for the Banditry and kidnapping in his State.
The clarification comes at the heels of reports published by some sections of the media (ALEDEH News not included) which misrepresented the speech he delivered on Thursday, April 29, 2021, at the 2nd Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) National Peace and Security Summit, held in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
“My attention has been drawn to a news report by an obscure online media, captioned “El-Rufai Responsible for Banditry, Killings in Kaduna State- NLC, Oshiomhole.
“In the body of the report, the writer maliciously misrepresented the speech delivered by me at the 2nd Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) National Peace and Security Summit held in Abuja on Thursday April 29, 2021,” he said in a statement he personally signed on Friday.
“As rightly reported by all the mainstream National Newspapers and Television Networks that gave media coverage at the event, I blamed the worsening security situation in the country partly on the massive closure of factories over the years by successive governments.
“Specifically, I mentioned the closure of Textile factories in Kaduna, Kano, and Lagos; the closure of Dunlop, Michelin Tyre factories and Bata, Lernards Shoe factories. I opined that closure of factories in Kaduna alone affected over 35,000 workers and possibly the same number in Kano.
“At no time during the entire speech did I make reference to Gov. Nasir El-Rufai or the retrenchment of civil servants by the Kaduna State Government.
“There was no consonance of opinion in the position I advocated as being responsible for the heightened security challenges in Nigeria today and that of the NLC President, Comrade Ayuba Fhilibus Wabba as can be clearly deduced from the accurate reports of the Newspaper correspondents and electronic media personnel that were present the summit,” the former Edo State Governor explained.
He further called on the general public to disregard attempts by some online platforms to connect him to the statements and positions he at no time promoted.