Senator Ali Ndume, has replied his critics of his recent comments on the planned relocation of the headquarters of the FAAN and some departments of the CBN from Abuja to Lagos, as he said it would be unpatriotic not to tell President Tinubu the truth about the happenings in the country.
Senator Ndume, who spoke on some National issues on Channel television program ‘Politics today’ which was monitored by Trustbase news stated that ” Some Lagos boys are ill advising the President to relocate the CBN and FAAN to Lagos which according to him will have a political consequences against President Tinubu from the entire Northern region in 2027. His opinion was however, highly criticised by notable Nigerians.
In his reply to his critics, Ndume said he did not speak on behalf of the Northern Senators or the Senate but as a Northerner in support of the majority of Northerners and some Nigerians who were against the action of the CBN Governor, Olayemi Cardoso, and the Minister of Aviation, Festus Keyamo.
“With all due respect, I did not speak on behalf of the Northern Senators or the Senate but as a Northerner in support of the majority of Northerners and some Nigerians who are against the action of CBN Governor and the Minister of Aviation”,
“A famous former American President said, patriotism means to stand by the country.’ It does not mean to stand by the president or any other public official, save exactly to the degree in which he himself stands by the country.
“It is patriotic to support him insofar as he efficiently serves the country. It is unpatriotic not to oppose him to the exact extent that by inefficiency or otherwise he fails in his duty to stand by the country.
“In either event, it is unpatriotic not to tell the truth, whether about the president or anyone else. To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.”He, therefore, claimed that, “What I said is my personal opinion and position.”