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N70b fraud: Fani-Kayode defends Matawalle

Fani-Kayoe and Matawalle | Image: @realFFK

‘To Matawalle I say this: Do not be deterred and continue the good work you are doing for our country and for our president’

By Valentine Amanze

Nigeria’s former Aviation Minister, Mr. Femi Fani-Kayode, has exonerated the embattled Minister of State for Defence, Bello Matawalle, who is alleged to have corruptly enriched himself with N70 billion pubic funds of any wrong doing.

This is contrary to the assurance from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) that Matawalle has a case to answer on the alleged crime commited during his tenure as the Governor of Zamfara State from 2019 to 2023.

Femi Fani-Kayode described the allegations as surreptitious attempt by unscrupulous politicians to undermine and discredit Matawalle.

The former minister, who is also facing a similar case with the EFCC, came to the defence of the Zamfara State former governor in his X handle, @realFFK, on Sunday May 5, 2024.

Fani-Kayode lamented that it was unfortunate that those accusing Matawalle of wrong doing came from various quarters within both the opposition and the ruling party [All Progressives Congress (APC)], while describing him as the most dedicated and loyal supporter of the President.

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Fani-Kayode however urged Matawalle to continue to do good, stressing that he would be exonerated of all allegations by the president.

His words: “I have noticed the surreptitious attempt by some unscrupulous politicians to undermine and discredit my dear friend and brother, Bello Matawalle, the Hon. Minister of State for Defence.

“These individuals come from various quarters within both the opposition and ruling party.

“This pains me because I know him to be one of the most dedicated and loyal supporters of the President.

“What makes it worse is that this orchestrated campaign, which is led by two powerful arrowheads, is coming from very close quarters.

“It is a pernicious and perfidious attempt to push the President into removing one of his most courageous and loyal supporters and dogged fighters from office in an attempt to weaken him.

“I sincerely hope that they fail because Matawalle is one of those that strengthen and add value to our Government.

“To Matawalle I say this: Do not be deterred and continue the good work you are doing for our country and for our president.

“The evil eye shall not see you and those that envy and hate you shall have no power over you.

“We know your worth and I am sure that Nigerians know your worth too.

“Do not be deterred my brother: God is with you.”

valoa2000@yahoo.com

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