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FG DISOWNS ABBA-AJI ON FOI BILL

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The Special Adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan on Media, Imma Niboro, has distanced the Federal Government from the statement of the Special Adviser on National Assembly Matters, Senator Mohammed Abba-Aji that the President would not assent to the Freedom of Information, FoI, Bill.

Imma Niboro said whatever comment Senator Mohammed Abba-Aji made in Maiduguri, Monday was his personal opinion and not that of the Federal Government.

Speaking with Airport correspondents at the Presidential wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos Tuesday, Niboro said, 'I speak for the President, the Information minister speaks for the government and in the matter of laws the Attorney General who is the chief law officer speaks for the government. If the speech doesn't come from any of us, then he is purely speaking for himself.'

It would be recalled that the Special Adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan on National Assembly Matters, Senator Mohammed Abba-Aji, had said that he would advise the President to reject the FoI bill.

Abba-Aji said he was disappointed in the House of Representatives for passing the bill and that he hoped the Senate would throw it out , adding that the bill was against the nation's constitution.

Abba-Aji said if the Senate fails to do that, he would be left with no option, but to advise the president against assenting to the bill.