The Governor of Ekiti state, Ayodele Fayose has once again raised an anxious awareness of danger over the looming crumbling of the Nigerian economy noting that the President Buhari-led administration has up till now shown no sign of having any idea on how to handle the problem of the nation’s dwindling economy.
In the words of the governor in a statement he made through his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka;
“It is worrisome that President Buhari does not have any economic team and there is no policy direction yet, despite spending close to nine months in office.”
The governor, who advised President Muhammadu Buhari to concentrate on the diminishing economy that has inflicted a lot of suffering on the citizens also pleaded with Nigerians to prevail on the president to stay at home and rule Nigeria stating that it was a show of insensitivity to the problems facing Nigerians for the president to keep traveling from one country of the world to another.
According to Fayose:
“Travelling from one country to another won’t solve any of our problems because I have not seen where foreigners assist any nation to develop. The President should know that Nigerians are suffering and they do not need their President to junket around the world, to alleviate their sufferings.
“The implication of the President’s obvious lack of the required mental capacity to tackle the nation’s economic problems and the resultant effects are human right abuses, prices of goods and services skyrocketing, daily retrenchment of workers, folding up of businesses, states finding it difficult to pay workers salary and the Federal Government not being able to prepare common budget,” he said.
Mr. Ayodele Fayose described the present experiences of Nigerians as the sum total of President Buhari’s mental capacity, stating that
“With President Buhari, Nigeria is definitely having a square peg in its round hole. Dollar has gone double since Dr. Goodluck Jonathan left office, with US Dollar exchanging for N350 as at today, Foreign Reserve is declining on daily basis, Boko Haram insurgents have come back even stronger than they were when Buhari assumed office and Nigerians are now being made to pay more for electricity that is not available for them to use.
“Most importantly, prices of foodstuffs, newsprint, medicine among others have gone over the roof. Should we still continue to attribute all these to Jonathan or the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)?
“Even former Central Bank Governor (CBN) and Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi is saying that President Buhari’s anti-corruption stance is totally inconsistent with the Forex regime he supported and that the Federal Government Forex Policy encourages corruption and rent-seeking.
“Funny enough, some people are already talking about President Buhari’s second term not minding the reality that anybody thinking about Buhari’s second term is only planning to snuff life out of Nigerians.”
One may be surprised about the reason for this outburst form the Ekiti State Governor but it’s really not right for the president of a country with a plate-full of problems to deal with to constantly be on the move, planning his next travel before he’s back from one. It’s important to know that PMB just came back from a trip to France and the United Kingdom and will soon be off for a “three-nation tour” to Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Qatar from 20th to 27th of this month (February).
In the same vein, on the 2nd of February, 2016, Governor Ayodele Fayose also complained about the incessant travels of the president revealing the financial implication of each of these travels on the nation’s purse.
“Conservatively, about $1 million goes into every of the foreign trips and the way the President is going, foreign trips alone might gulp 20 percent of the Federal Government budget and that will be disastrous for the dwindling economy of the country.
“In most of these trips, about $500,000 is spent on estacode, transportation, accommodation, honorarium, media coverage, contingency and other expenses on accompanying Presidency officials. The Presidential Air Fleet, which includes fueling of the planes and allowances for crew members as well as the President’s estacode per night and those of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and his aides is said to be in the range of $500,000.”