The Edo state government expressed its disappointment with the federal government’s attempt to silence Governor Godwin Obaseki’s views on the removal of the fuel subsidy. Obaseki had expressed surprise at the lack of post-subsidy removal plans under President Bola Tinubu’s administration.
In response, Mohammed Idris, the minister of information and national orientation, acknowledged the challenges faced by Nigerians due to the subsidy removal. He alleged that Obaseki was diverting attention from his underperformance as a governor and claimed that Obaseki had been absent from NEC meetings.
Edo’s Commissioner for Communication and Orientation, Chris Nehikhare, countered this claim by stating that records prove Obaseki’s attendance at all NEC meetings. Nehikhare criticized the federal government’s attempt to stifle dissenting voices and accused them of neglecting federal roads in the state.
The commissioner highlighted Edo state’s accomplishments in education, agriculture, and technology, asserting that the state’s performance can be verified by available records.