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Aregbosola Insists He Didn’t Collect Salaries As Governor

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The Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola, has denied media report that he collected salaries during his eight-year tenure as Governor of Osun State.

The Minister’s reaction was contained in a press statement released on Saturday, signed by his Media Aide, Sola Fasure.

Aregbesola said: “The report is entirely a piece of fiction, a good example of fake news and disreputable journalism.”

Reacting to the report that he received 96 months salary arrears in secret, Aregbesola stated that he never collected a single dime as salary while he was Governor of Osun State.

According to the statement, the Minister voluntarily donated his salary to the state because “the state government provided accommodation, security, transportation, food and other conveniences for him and would not need to pay for these from his pocket.

“He also explained that all his children are grown up and have graduated and he would not need to pay school fees again.”

Aregbesola challenged the author of the report to back up their claims with documented evidence.

The statement said: “Author of the report claims to have got the information from some anonymous government officials.

“He provides no evidence.

“The report fails basic journalistic ethical requirement that only truth and verifiable fact should be reported as news.

“Reading through it, one is not in doubt that the evil intention behind the piece was to smear and cast aspersion on the integrity of Ogbeni Aregbesola.”

The statement said: “Our attention has been drawn to a report in an online blog, Daily Post, titled ‘Aregbesola allegedly received 96-month salary arrears in secret, claims he did not’ written by Sikiru Obarayese.

“The author falsely claims that the Minister of Interior and immediate past governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, towards the end of his tenure, secretly received the backlog of his full salary for the entire period he was governor, contrary to his asserting that he never did.

“The report is entirely a piece of fiction, a good exemplar of fake news and disreputable journalism.

“Let me state categorically again, that Ogbeni Aregbesola did not receive any salary in the entire duration of his eight-year stint as governor in Osun.

“His reason being that the state government provided accommodation, security, transportation, food and other conveniences for him and would not need to pay for these from his pocket.

“He also explained that all his children are grown up and have graduated and he would not need to pay school fees again. He therefore donated his salaries to the state government.

“The author of the report claims to have got the information from some anonymous government officials. He provides no evidence. The report fails basic journalistic ethical requirement that only truth and verifiable fact should be reported as news. Reading through it, one is not in doubt that the evil intention behind the piece was to smear and cast aspersion on the integrity of Ogbeni Aregbesola.

“However, when I spoke with the state Accountant General, he categorically affirmed that indeed, former Governor Aregbesola did not collect any salary and so no document could have existed to back up any claim that he was paid. He challenged the author to produce any document that backed his claim.

“It is appalling and most regrettable that charlatans parading as journalists continue to bring the noble profession to disrepute.

“The public should therefore discountenance the entire mendacious report and treat it as the handiwork of mischief makers.

“I urge the cowards behind the report to show their ugly faces, instead of sullying the professional integrity of some youths trying to survive in a challenging economic environment.”

Abass Latifat

Abass Latifat Olamide is an undergraduate student of English Language at the Lagos State University. She is an extrovert by nature and admires hard work and consistency. Follow her on Twitter @Lartholomo,Instagram@Lartholomo,FB page@AbassLatifatOlamide.

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