As if predicting harsher economic crisis in the future wasn’t enough, Ekiti State Governor Fayose directly attacked Buhari in a speech today. The governor challenged the President’s claim on the return of stolen funds, telling him to be open enough to let Nigerians know the actual amount the looters had returned and also the names of the looters who out of repentance returned the stolen funds to the Nigerian treasury. He further said that “Since the purported looted funds belong to the Federal Republic of Nigeria, it ought to have been paid into the Federation Account and shared by the Federal, State and Local Government.”
Additionally, Special Assistant to the Governor on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, said while addressing an audience in Ado-Ekiti on Thursday, that Governor Fayose suggested President Buhari should solve the economic problem of the country as it is the most important right now rather than exploring several other countries casting aspersion on Nigerians with his sing-song of fighting corruption.
According to Fayose, the President is yet to change from his 1984 attitude when he was a military Head of State judging by his statement in Tehran, Iran where he said it was easier for him as a military Head of State in 1984 to jail corrupt individuals and put them in protective custody, which clearly indicates that he has not changed from the dictator that he was then.
“The truth is that Buhari did not fight corruption in 1984. Rather, he persecuted great Nigerians, especially the likes Chief Adekunle Ajasin, Chief Ambrose Ali, Chief Bisi Onabanjo, Alhaji Lateef Jakande and Chief Bola Ige, who served the people meritoriously. Is Buhari justifying the imprisonment of Dr Alex Ekwueme, who was only the Vice President or All Progressives Congress (APC)? Leaders like Chief Bisi Akande, who only served as a Deputy Governor?”
He went on to advise the President to quit leading like a sole-administrator of Nigeria and the only trustworthy Nigerian citizen saying “Nigerians are desirous of concrete developments, not rhetorics about fight against corruption that is only being used to persecute perceived political enemies of the President both in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and within the APC.
“As at today, Nigerians are faced with serious hardship occasioned by prolonged fuel scarcity that the Federal Government does not have any solution to. Multi-national companies are laying-off thousands of workers while contractors working for the Federal Government have left their sites.
Yet, what we get to hear from the President is noise in foreign lands about non-existing fight against corruption. “Honestly, this President should get to work and stop lying to Nigerians and the international community,” he finished.