Many Nigerians are lambasting the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola as others accuse him of being insensitive to the plight of ordinary Nigerians after he said that roads across the country are not as bad as being portrayed.
The former governor of Lagos who became a Minister for Power, Works and Housing in 2015 and reappointed as the Minister for Works and Housing in 2019, made the statement while responding to journalists after the Federal Executive Council meeting in Abuja.
“The roads are not as bad as they are often portrayed. I know that this is going to be your headline, but the roads are not that bad,” he said.
His statement was seen as a cheap attempt to deny the obvious as roads in all parts of the country have been damaged beyond mild repair.
One aggrieved Twitter user sarcastically condemned the minister and went on a rampage about the hypocrisy of public officials in the current administration: “Kidnapping in Nigeria is exaggerated – #AudioVP Osinbajo. There’s no hunger in the land – Minister of Agric Nanono. Nigerian roads not as bad as portrayed – Fashola. Obviously these people are living in a different Nigeria. Such a disconnection from reality,” he quipped.
Others joined in by wondering how the minister is supposed to fix a problem he doesn’t even know exists.