Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of planning to Islamise the country. Fayose made this statement on Saturday, February 27, in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, while addressing crowds at the inter-denominational thanksgiving and victory service held in honor of Governor, Nyesom Wike.
While speaking during the thanksgiving service ceremony, Fayose reportedly asked the audience if he should reveal some secret information about the APC led- government and after receiving affirmative answer, he said:
“They have started subtle moves to make Nigeria an Islamic nation, but God will stop them. This was done in 1984, it failed, it would fail again. The agenda is coming small small, but we will resist it. Nigeria is a free nation where we proclaim the name of Jesus Christ freely, and we believe in Allah for those who are Muslims. This nation will not be taken for an Islamic nation.
”Why did five of them go to Saudi Arabia to wait for our man there (referring to President Buhari and state governors), if they don’t have agenda.”
He also boasted that he can not be intimidated by the ruling party by referring to himself as Peter the rock.
“I am not far away, I am in Ekiti. I am Ayo Fayose, Peter the rock, if you hit me you will be in trouble. If I hit you, you will be in trouble.”
Meanwhile, a group know as Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has reacted to Fayose’s accusations. In a statement released by the head of the group, Prof. Ishaq Akintola, the group dispelled claims by Fayose that President Muhammadu Buhari was plotting to Islamise Nigeria, saying he (Fayose) was only suffering from “diarrhea of the mouth.”
“By making such a wild and untenable statement, Fayose has just emerged as the most idle executive governor Nigeria ever had. Even a ten-year old Nigerian child knows the reason for Buhari’s visit to Saudi Arabia. Turbulence in the price of oil has greatly impoverished Nigeria and Buhari is employing diplomacy to turn round our oil fortune.
“Playing pranks with Buhari’s visit to Saudi Arabia simply shows that Fayose has lost all sense of objectivity. Like a comedian governor and a court jester primus inter pares, Fayose prefers to cast a wicked joke with the fate of the Nigerian economy.
“But his attempt to whip up religious sentiment has failed woefully because Nigerians know that Fayose is a pathological liar, an unstable politician and an unreliable judge of men,” he said.
Akintola also added that Fayose should be asked where he was when his mentor, former President Goodluck Jonathan turned Jerusalem to the back-yard of Aso Rock, shuttling between Nigeria and Israel with jet-loads of marabouts and arms money.
“Was Fayose’s mouth padlocked at that time?” he asked