by Dare Lawal
For his reported comments regarding past censuses conducted in the country, the Chairman of the National Population Commission, NPC, Chief Festus Odimegwu, has been queried by the presidency.
Aso Rock feels that Odimegwu’s comments negated his position as NPC boss.
According to a source in the presidency, “Odimegwu was queried over some comments that were credited to him in the newspapers.”
Odimegwu had said in a recent interview with journalists in Abuja that the country had not had any credible census since 1816 and blamed the irregularity on the distortion and falsification of figures for selfish and political reasons.
Odimegwu said, “No census has been credible in Nigeria since 1816. Even the one conducted in 2006 is not credible. I have the records and evidence produced by scholars and professors of repute. This is not my report. If the current laws are not amended, the planned 2016 census will not succeed.”
There had speculations earlier this week that Odimegwu had been suspended. The NPC boss however denied it.
“There is nothing wrong,” he said when contacted on the query and the alleged suspension, adding, “it is the propaganda of those who are jittery concerning the reforms we are bringing to the NPC.”
“What they are saying is not true; it is blackmail. It is propaganda and that is their wish. You should know that if wishes were horses, beggars would be riding every day,” he stated.