By: TUNDE OMOLEHIN, Sokoto
House of Representatives member, Honourable Yusuf Ayo Tajudeen has distanced himself from membership of the Ad hoc Committee that probed the controversial fuel subsidy regime contrary to a report in the media.
In a statement signed and made available to Sunday Sun in Sokoto at the weekend, the lawmaker decried the erroneous inclusion of his name and photograph in a report published by a national daily (not Sunday Sun).
Yusuf, who represents Kabba-Bunu/Ijumu Federal Constituency in Kogi State said: “I wish to unequivocally condemn the erroneous inclusion of my name and photograph, as contained in the front page of (name of newspaper withheld by us) in a major news with the banner headline – “Those who indicted and freed oil marketers.
“Further to this, I wish to make these clarifications:- That I am not a member of the Adhoc Committee on fuel subsidy; That all the pictures (except mine) in the said publication, are members of the Adhoc Committee on fuel subsidy;”
“That during the period of the fuel subsidy probe, I never at anytime, for whatsoever reason, appeared in the committee hearing room either as an observer, witness, complainant or in any other capacity. “That I take serious exception to the publication linking me in whatsoever way with the Adhoc Committee on Fuel Subsidy.”
Yusuf who also serves as Deputy Chairman. House Committee on ICT said the clarification became necessary owing to the barrage of phone calls, text messages and visits received since the publication. He added: “Indeed, the publication has done grave psychological and emotional damage to my person, character, integrity and honour.”
While commending the media for its continued contribution to the development of Nigeria’s democracy, Yusuf also enjoined the Fourth Estate to be conscious and painstakingly double-check reports before publication.
“However, I want to assure all that I will not be deterred by this unfortunate professional slip. Rather, this will be an impetus that will propel me to continue to be on the path of fairness, equity and justice. Also, I will continue to advocate for pro-people agenda, policies and programmes at all time,” Yusuf said.