Report circulating on social media that the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr Kayode Fayemi, was happy about the ongoing fuel scarcity and advised President Muhammadu Buhari to hike the product’s price has drawn the response of the former Ekiti State Governor.
“Don’t mind Fayose, he is a noisemaker. I told the President yesterday that even if it means raising the Pump Price to N250 per litre, Nigerians will still buy, provided it is available,” the minister was quoted to have said on WE FM 106.3 in multiple comments on social media.
But in a statement released by his media aide, Mr. Olayinka Oyebode, Fayemi urged the public to disregard his purported statement saying he didn’t grant the radio interview much more talking about the fuel situation.
It reads: “The honourable Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr Kayode Fayemi, never granted any interview with WE FM 106.3 and the management of the radio station can attest to this fact.
“Members of the public should note that the fabricated comment, emanated from no other source than the media unit of Ekiti State Governor’s Office, which is now a den for fraudsters and where falsehood and blackmail have been elevated to statecraft.
“Anyone who knows the pedigree of the Minister would attest to the fact that he is not capable of making such a careless statement.
“Dr Fayemi remains focused on his current assignment and no amount of “manufactured” lies can distract him. We implore members of the public to be wary of this dangerous trend of character assassination being masterminded by Governor Fayose’s media aides, who in a similar style, had also credited another false statement on the fuel crisis to Mr Bolaji Abdullahi, National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) through a fraudulent twitter handle.
“We only hope the perpetrators of this criminal act fully understand the nature of this crime that has become a past time for them and their pay master.”