5 November 2012

Nigeria: I'm Not a Jet-Crazy Governor - Aliyu

Niger State Governor Dr Mu'azu Babangida Aliyu has denied a media report listing him among State Governors who sink billions of naira on foreign trips.

The media report was published on the front page of a National daily (not leadership) yesterday which listed him among the governors in a report titled "The Story of Jet Crazy Governors,"

He said that the report relied on an allegation by the Chairman of the Niger State Chapter of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), Alhaji Umar Shuaibu, to the effect that Governor Aliyu frequently traveled overseas on chartered aircraft in the name of wooing foreign investors.

The reaction of the Governor was contained in statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Danladi Ndayebo who described the story as untrue, and urged the public to disregard the report.

He said the newspaper might have been misled by the CPC chairman who, in all intent and purposes, made the false allegation in order to score a cheap political point.

Ndayebo said Governor Aliyu hardly travels out of the country, and recalled that the last overseas trips he made were to Germany on the delegation of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) and the United Arab Emirate.

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