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No plans to relocate federal capital from Abuja – Presidency 

The Presidency has debunked rumours that President Bola Tinubu has plans to to relocate the Federal Capital Territory to Lagos State.






Mr. Bayo Onanuga, the Special Adviser on Information and Strategy to the president, on Wednesday, said the President has no such plans and described, positing that the rumours were being peddled by dishonest, ethnic and regional champions, seeking attention and pitching the North against the South.




Onanuga, who spoke in response to the controversy, trailing the relocation of  the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria,  FAAN, and some departments of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to Lagos.


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He said people should not politicise administrative decisions, adding that there are many parastatals that are not based in Abuja depending on their mandate.




According to Onanuga: “President Tinubu has no plan whatsoever to move the Federal Capital to Lagos. The rumour first surfaced during the campaign last year by opponents looking for all manners of weapons to stop him. We trashed it.



“Those peddling it anew are dishonest, ethnic and regional champions, trying to draw attention to themselves. Abuja has come to stay. It is backed by law.



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“The movement of FAAN, a department of the Aviation Ministry to Lagos, where it was based before former minister Hadi Sirika moved it to Abuja during the last administration, does not amount to moving the FCT to Lagos. The administrative move should have attracted scant attention, as Lagos is the commercial capital and the hub of aviation business in Nigeria. FAAN should be nowhere else but near the industry it regulates. FAAN will still maintain some presence in Abuja, as it is not a wholesale movement.




“Similarly, the movement of some departments of the CBN to Lagos should not trigger any hoopla. The departments concerned, including the bank supervision department, are those dealing with commercial banks, all with headquarters in Lagos. A regulator ought to be close to the businesses it regulates.




“All those pushing this campaign of falsehood know they are playing politics, albeit a dangerous politics to pit the North against the South.



“There are many parastatals that are not based in Abuja depending on their mandate. NIMASA is in Lagos. So is NPA. The National Inland Waterways Authority( NIWA) is in Lokoja, not Abuja. Will the people opposing the movement of FAAN and some CBN departments want those agencies to be in Abuja, where there is no single port and no maritime activity?




“Administrative decisions should not be politicised. Let it not look like whenever we are temporarily not at the helm of affairs, we create all manners of dangerous rumours to distract from the bigger picture and emasculate an administration led by a Southerner.




“Let’s stop the dirty politics. We can’t be playing politics with everything.”