The Presidential candidate of the Labour Party in the just concluded February 25 general election, Mr Peter Obi has described as an act of rascality, the Minister of Information and Culture, Mr Lai Mohammed going to Washington to announce he committed treason.
Obi made the assertion on Monday while fielding questions on Arise Televison’s Prime Time program.
Recall that the Federal Government said that Obi and his running mate, Datti Baba-Ahmed, risked being prosecuted for treason over some of their utterances during and after the presidential election.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, gave the warning in Washington.
However, Obi said the money Lai Mohammed spent in going to the US to announce he committed treason would have fixed and built a block of six classrooms in his village.
”It is an act of rascality that it was even announced in Washington. I committed a treasonable offence, and I am in Onitsha, and my minister went to announce it in Washington.
“We are talking about waste in governance here, and people don’t want to understand. The amount it cost Nigeria for you to go and announce that in Washington can fix, I can tell you, I have been in government, can fix and build a block of six classrooms in a primary school.
“In fact, if you go to his village, there are so many places where children don’t even have desks or classrooms to go to school. And instead of using that money to go and do it, he used that money to go to Washington to announce the treason of somebody who is in Onitsha.
“He does not need to do that; it is the rascality of the highest order. That is the reason we want a new Nigeria where things will work the way it works in other climes.
“Then he went to London to announce the same thing while I was in Nigeria. He should come to invite me and tell me this is my offence,” Obi said.