Fani-Kayode says under Stella Oduah’s tenure Nigeria has had beautiful terminals but deadly and blood soaked skies.
Former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, has hit back at the current Minister of Aviation after the latter described his criticism of the sector as that of someone “speaking out of context.”
While answering questions from journalists during the African Regional Conference of Civil Aviation Navigation Organization, in Abuja, Stella Oduah, Nigeria’s Aviation Minister, dismissed Mr. Fani-Kayode’s call for her sack as talk of someone under the “influence of something.”
But in his swift reaction, Mr. Fani-Kayode, on Tuesday, “counselled” Mrs. Oduah “to grow up and stop being petty.”
“She is meant to talk like someone who befits her office and not like a market woman or a fish wife. I do not like joining issues with women publicly which is why I was very gentle with her in my essay though I made my point,” Mr. Fani-Kayode said.
“But this particular woman is endangering the lives of our people with her incompetence and insensitivity and we cannot just keep quiet,” he added.
In his new article ‘Rumours of Sacrifice, Agagu and Stella Oduah,’ the former Aviation Minister noted that Mrs. Oduah always fails to assume responsibility every time an air accident occurs.
“Under her watch close to 200 souls have been killed in air crashes in the last two years alone,” Mr. Fani-Kayode wrote.
“This does not surprise me given the nature of the individual involved,” he added.
In his Tuesday response, Mr. Fani-Kayode told the minister to focus on saving lives, rather than raining abuses on her critics.
“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 head scarf looks, her jewellery and the jewellery of others more than she does about protecting Nigerian air travellers.
“If anyone should bury her head in shame it is her and not me.”
Mr. Fani-Kayode also reiterated his call for Mrs. Oduah’s resignation, adding that “she should be seeking repentance from God.”
“She should be attempting to encourage the Nigerian people and assuage their fears rather than indulging in petty and cheap side shots and futile press war,” Mr. Fani-Kayode said.
“Instead of comforting the families of those that were lost she is opening her mouth and abusing me. What a shame. Under her tenure we have beautiful terminals but deadly and blood soaked skies. Our skies have become a death trap because she really doesn’t care.
“My advice to her is to shut up, get serious and focus on doing her job rather than attempting to smear me with her filthy lies and malicious innuendos. I raised some serious issues in that essay that were clearly above her education level and 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 the devil that causes accidents and kills people and 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 Nigerians to. May God deliver us from these people,” said Mr. Fani-Kayode.
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