Ex-governor Yari denies breaking COVID-19 airport protocols, demands apology from FAAN

Former governor of Zamfara State, Abdulaziz Yari, has denied violating protocols set aside to curb the spread of COVID-19 at the aiports.

Okay.ng recalls that the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) on Wednesday via Twitter alleged that Yari pushed an officer of the environment department who tried to disinfect his luggage, saying that he is a “very important person (VIP)”.

However, Yari in a statement by his spokesman, Mayowa Oluwabiyi, on Thursday, said he followed all the COVID-19 preventive protocols set by FAAN.

The former governor then asked the aviation agency to apologise and also retract its statement on Twitter.

Yari also slammed former minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, for reacting on the matter threatening to take him to court.

The statement reads as follows: “His Excellency Abdulaziz Yari finds the (FAAN) tweet odious and distasteful, he, therefore, demands that FAAN retract the offensive tweet and tender an immediate public apology to him for the falsehood published about his person.

“His Excellency Abdulaziz Yari also noted the unwarranted and needlessly vicious attack on his person and reputation by the former Minister of Aviation, Mr. Femi Fani-kayode via his Twitter handle @realffk as a result of the tweet from FAAN earlier on Wednesday.

“We wish to re-affirm that H.E Abdulaziz Yari, the former governor of Zamfara State is a law-abiding Nigerian who will never resort to violence on any issue whatsoever.

“H.E Yari holds the Federal Government of Nigeria in very high esteem and supports all steps taken by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 to fight the deadly pandemic.

“However, the vicious attack on the person and reputation of H.E Abdulaziz Yari cannot be winked at.

“Mr. Femi Fani-kayode will hear from H.E Yari’s lawyers in due course in order to set the record straight.”

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