Nigeria’s minister of communication, Adebayo Shittu and Shara reporters founder, Omoyele Sowore heavily traded words on a Radio programme on Saturday.
During an interview on Fresh FM Ibadan, Shittu and Sowore went head to head over the publisher’s ambition to become President in 2019.
A correspondent of PoliticsNGR monitored the programme and below is the exchange that took place;
Sowore started; “Minister, it is great to see you. This is the minister of an outgoing regime; the Buhari regime will be kicked off power by 2019,”
He had barely concluded his introductory statement when Mr. Shittu fired back saying that he is a dreamer.
Shittu fired; “By your wish or by God’s wish? You are just dreaming. You are a daydreamer” he said in response to Mr. Sowore’s claim to which the presidential hopeful replied saying, “By the wish of the people of Nigeria, Sir. It is not a dream. It is the realization you’d wake up to on February 15.”
“Sowore, what’s your electoral worth? Whether in your Ife (sic), home or any part of this country.” Mr. Sowore replied: “My electoral worth brought you to power in 2015. Nobody even heard about many of you in 2014.”
“You are inconsequential…” he said.
Sowore said; “I am consequential because you came to power on my back, on our back… on the back of young people who invested a lot of hope.”
In response, the minister described the publisher as a mere noise-maker. “What did you invest? Did you invest more than me, No? I will not sit here and allow someone make noise…You are just a noisemaker. You are just a noisemaker.”
Sowore replied; “This was the same way Jonathan people were sounding in 2014… you are gonna be shocked in 2019,” Mr. Sowore said. On accusations by the minister that he was a dreamer and that his statements were politically motivated, he said: “The Nigeria of the future is for dreamers like me.”
Shittu shot back: “You think the presidency is for people like you? Go and start from being a councilor. I have been a member of the House of Assembly, I was a commissioner twice, I was already a lawyer… you wouldn’t know, you were too small. How old are you? How old are you? This is not a platform for minions like you to come… you think the presidency is something you can just buy in a marketplace? You are a giant in university politics (and) by the grace of God you will be put to shame.”
Kindly watch the video below to see the full interview and exchanges;