The Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola says he worked free of charge for the people of Osun State when he presided over as governor. He dismissed reports that he received 96-month salary arrears in secret when he served as the governor.
He described the report as a fiction written by elements bent on casting aspersion on his integrity.
A statement from Aregbesola’s media aide, Sola Fasure, noted that the report carried by an online medium falls short of all known ethics of journalism.
According to the statement, the author of the report “falsely claims that the Minister of Interior and immediate past governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, towards the end of his tenure, secretly received the backlog of his full salary for the entire period he was governor, contrary to his asserting that he never did. The report is entirely a piece of fiction, a good exemplar of fake news and disreputable journalism.”
The media aide said: “Let me state categorically again that Ogbeni Aregbesola did not receive any salary in the entire duration of his eight-year stint as governor in Osun.
“His reason being that the state government provided accommodation, security, transportation, food and other conveniences for him and would not need to pay for these from his pocket.
“He also explained that all his children are grown up and have graduated and he would not need to pay school fees again. He therefore donated his salaries to the state government. The author of the report claims to have got the information from some anonymous government officials. He provides no evidence.
“The report fails the basic journalistic ethical requirement that only truth and verifiable fact should be reported as news. Reading through it, one is not in doubt that the evil intention behind the piece was to smear and cast aspersion on the integrity of Ogbeni Aregbesola.”