15 February 2010

Nigeria: I'll Sue Aondoakaa, Unless - Akunyili Vows

Lagos — Information and Communications Minister, Dora Akunyili, said on Monday that she requires "a simple public apology" from former Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mike Aondoakaa, to douse a raging tension between the duo.

She vowed to head to the court as soon as the seven-day ultimatum she gave to Aondoakaa over his controversial statement indicting her performance at the National Agency for Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) expires on Thursday.

Aondoakaa, now Minister of Special Duties, had made the alleged disparaging statement on Akunyili in a newspaper interview.

The conflict started when the Federal Executive Council (FEC) rejected a memo from Akunyili canvassing for support to make the council take a decisive stand on the health status of President Umaru Yar'Adua.

"What she is trying to do is self-seeking: let her go and confront herself with what happened in NAFDAC" Aondoakaa had reportedly said.

But speaking to newsmen in Lagos, Akunyili's lawyer, K.O.P. Odidika, said it was only a clear public apology that can solve the matter or else "we will meet in court".

He said Akunyili would not accept the private letter of apology sent to her by Aoandoakaa in view of the damage to her personality by his comment.

"Aondoakaa not only made his libelous statement through a public medium, 'The Nation', but was most mischievous in the so-called apology. What is expected from him is a public apology or we will settle it in court.

"Aondoakaa the person causing the injury doesn't show remorse or has refused to do what he ought to do because this is a very straight forward matter.

"Do not forget that the man at the helm of affairs now in NAFDAC is Aondoakaa's relation; the way Nigerians will see it will be like, does it mean there were things this woman was hiding while in NAFDAC which the current D-G has now managed to expose or unearth?," Odidika said also in a short statement he gave to journalists.

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