Senator Ali Ndume Speaks Out Against Proposed Relocation of FAAN and CBN Departments to Lagos, Calls for Discussion on the Issue

Ndume Defends Opposition to Relocation: A Matter of Patriotism

The Senate Chief Whip, Ali Ndume, has clarified that his resistance to the proposed relocation of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and certain Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) departments to Lagos is not driven by sentimentality.

Previously, Ndume had asserted that there would be political ramifications if the FAAN headquarters and CBN offices were moved to Nigeria’s commercial center.

Speaking to TheCable on Monday, the senator representing Borno South maintained that his stance was rooted in patriotism for the country.

Despite having a child employed at the CBN, Ndume emphasized that familial connections did not deter him from expressing his viewpoint on the proposed relocation.

Addressing the Distraction: Focus on the Issue

Ndume highlighted the need to address the core issue rather than being sidetracked by personal associations.

He questioned the necessity of relocating government departments and agencies back to Lagos at this time.

The senator argued that the initial move of the capital from Lagos to Abuja was prompted by concerns such as congestion, inconvenience, and inefficiencies, which have since been mitigated by the expansion of Lagos.

In criticizing the argument for relocation based on efficiency, Ndume pointed out the advancements in electronic transactions, virtual meetings, and digital communication tools.

He firmly stated that there is no valid excuse for the decision to move CBN and FAAN to Lagos.

Political Consequences: Advocating for Truth

Ndume asserted that his expression of concern about political consequences was grounded in a commitment to truth and accountability.

Referring to the election of Bola Tinubu, he emphasized the importance of standing up to speak the truth, regardless of personal connections.

The senator indicated that political consequences were inevitable and expressed confidence that Tinubu, being aware of the truth, would take appropriate action.

APC Loyalty and Northern Opposition

While reaffirming his allegiance to the All Progressives Congress (APC) and his support for President Muhammadu Buhari, Ndume criticized external forces attempting to overshadow his party loyalty.

He argued that Tinubu, a key figure in the APC, would acknowledge his commitment to truth.

The senator also pointed out the opposition and discontent from northern regions, suggesting that the relocation could be exploited by political rivals in the future, potentially influencing votes in 2027.

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