The Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Fayose, is really keeping to his promise of criticising the ills in President Muhammadu Buhari’s government. This time, he has taken a swipe at Buhari, accusing him of paying more attention to the issues affecting other nations rather than dealing with the challenges facing Nigeria.
He therefore, advised Mr. President to apportion more of his time to matters pertaining to security and economic issues concerning Nigeria.
Mr. Fayose described the president’s quick and strong disapproval of the terrorist attack on Grand Bassam Resort in Cote D’Ivoire which occurred on Sunday as “hypocritical and demonstration of insensitivity to the plight of Nigerians.”
“If President Buhari could afford to pick his phone and call the Ivorian president, Alassane Ouattara, immediately after the attack, Nigerians must ask the President why he kept mute for days over the Fulani herdsmen massacre of over 300 Agatu people of Benue State, the Mile 12 Lagos killings and wanton destruction of properties among others.”
Mr. Ayodele Fayose was quoted in a statement on Tuesday, endorsed by Lere Olayinka, his Special Assistant of Public Communications and New Media.
The Ekiti State Governor pointed out that it was difficult to understand that President Buhari was more perturbed with the killing of 16 people in Cote D’Ivoire than he was about death of over 300 Nigerian citizens who lost their lives in the hands of the Fulani herdsmen.
Fayose noted that it was even more surprising that when reports emerged that the former Senate President, David Mark, was also attacked last week Saturday by the same group during his inspection visit to the eight communities raided by the Fulani herdsmen, there was no official reaction from the president Buhari decrying the terror attack. According to Mr. Fayose;
“From all indications, our president has abandoned governance. The only thing going on in the minds of those running the affairs of this country in Abuja is how to entrench themselves in power by crushing anyone perceived as capable of hindering them.
“That is the reason they are using the Department of State Services (DSS) to harass and intimidate us here in Ekiti, under flimsy excuses like investigation of members of the State House of Assembly for alleged forgery of tax certificates when the Ekiti State Government, which issued the certificates have not complained to the DSS that its tax certificates were forged by the lawmakers.
“That is also the reason the president keeps showing his anger against Nnamdi Kanu and his Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) agitators while the same president has failed to approach the economy and insecurity, especially the Fulani herdsmen menace with the same level of anger.
“Even when their own Information Minister, Lai Mohammed, has told Nigerians that the economy has gone out of the hands of the president, they keep using anti-corruption fight to persecute opposition elements both in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and their own party, All Progressives Congress (APC), forgetting that fighting corruption is not a substitute for putting food on the table of Nigerians.
“The president must therefore be made to realise that Nigerians are suffering, with price of foodstuffs skyrocketing. The economy is in comatose, Boko Haram and Fulani herdsmen are killing people. President Buhari must learn to begin to cry over Nigeria’s problems first before going to other countries to cry over their problems for them.”