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Nigeria: Edo Governor Obaseki Says Finance Minister Playing to the Gallery Over ‘Printed N60bn’

Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki has accused Nigeria’s Minister of Finance, Budget, and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed of playing to the gallery following her denial that the federal government printed

Godwin Obaseki

Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki has accused Nigeria’s Minister of Finance, Budget, and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed of playing to the gallery following her denial that the federal government printed N60 billion in March to support allocation to states.

Governor Obaseki in a series of tweets on Thursday accused the Nigerian government of “monetary rascality” and called on the minister to rally citizens to stem the obvious fiscal slide facing the West African country.

Obaseki said: “While we do not want to join issues with the Federal Ministry of Finance, we believe it is our duty to offer useful advice for the benefit of our country.

“The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed should rally Nigerians to stem the obvious fiscal slide facing our country.

“Rather than play the Ostrich, we urge the government to take urgent steps to end the current monetary rascality, so as to prevent the prevailing economic challenge from degenerating further.

“We believe it is imperative to approach the Nigerian project with all sense of responsibility and commitment and not play to the gallery because ultimately, time shall be the judge of us all.”

By Abel Ejikeme

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