Saturday, 12 October 2013

Stop Talking Like A Market Woman, Fani-Kayode To Odua

Responding, former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode thundered saying; “If anyone should bury her head in shame it is her; not me. After about 200 of our fellow citizens have been killed under her watch, instead of abusing her critics and those of us who have expressed our concerns and offered our advice, she should be seeking repentance from God and tendering her resignation. She should be attempting to encourage Nigerians and assuage their fears rather than indulging in cheap side shots and a futile press war.

“Instead of comforting the families of those who died, she is abusing me. What a shame!

“Under her tenure, we have beautiful terminals but deadly and blood-soaked skies. Our skies have become death traps because she really does not care.”

My advice to her is to get serious and focus on doing her job, rather than attempting to smear me with lies and innuendos.

Obviously Fani-Kayode, did not take kindly to the seeming condescending remarks of the Minister of Aviation, Ms Stella Odua to his person and also said she took his advice to her out of context.

In a statement in Lagos, Fani-Kayode said: “Stella Oduah made some comments about me, which were uncalled for, malicious and petty. She reportedly said I should ‘bury my head in shame’, suggesting that I was ‘speaking out of context’ in my essay, where I called for her resignation and that I spoke under some ‘influence of something or other’.

“My advice and counsel to her is to stop being petty. She is meant to talk like someone who befits her office and not like a market woman… I do not like joining issues with women publicly; this is why I was very gentle with her in my essay, though I made my point. But this woman is endangering the lives of our people with her insensitivity, and we cannot just keep quiet.

“This is a woman under whose watch as Aviation minister almost 200 people have been killed and, instead of focusing on how to save lives, her obsession has become smearing and abusing Femi Fani-Kayode. This is a woman who only yesterday told Nigerians that ‘accidents are inevitable’ and that they were ‘acts of God’. This is a woman who thinks more about how her headscarf …than she does about protecting Nigerian air travelers.

“I raised some serious issues in that essay, which were clearly above her level; I avoided personal insults. That is what civilised people do. She should learn from that and address the issues that were raised rather than spend her time trying to kill the messenger.

“When someone says that God is the author of fatal crashes, you know that it is not the same God that we worship as that person. It is devil that causes accidents and kills people; not God. You can say that a fatal accident is an act of God only if the devil is your god.

“When I speak and write, I am under the influence of one thing and one thing alone – the Spirit of the Living God who sees through her and who knows her for what she is.

“She is the one that is under the influence of one thing or the other and not me. She is the one whose hands are filled with blood. She is the one that must bury her head in shame and no-one else. I will pray for her because she needs it and I will pray for Nigeria to. May God deliver us from these people.”

The former Minister came out forcefully shortly after the unfortunate crash to advise and proffer possible solutions to the beleaguered aviation industry. But he did not shy away from calling on the current Minister to resign her position if she cannot fix the problems. It was an advise that stoked the brickbat between him and Odua culminating in name calling.

He said his article was meant to draw attention to the sector with the aim of insuring that the ugly incidence never happened again.

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