EKITI State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, said the stealing going on in the present President Muhammadu Buhari led-administration is worse than what the former President Goodluck Jonathan led-administration is being accused of.
Fayose, who was a guest speaker at the lecture organised by the Oyo State Chapter of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), to celebrate World Press Freedom Day, held on Tuesday at the Dapo Aderogba hall, Iyaganku, Ibadan said “most of those in the Buhari administration are using the innocent man as a shield.”
The controversial governor speaking on the topic, “Journalism and Politics: Two Sides Of A Coin,” described President Muhammadu Buhari as “my grandfather,” saying it is improper for him to abuse the President as widely claimed.
But the governor maintained that being his “grandfather” does not mean he would not criticise him when going in the wrong direction.
Fayose said that his criticism of President Buhari is healthy for Nigeria and the people of the country to achieve economic and political development.
According to him, it would be absurd for all to watch and refused to talk even when the ship of the nation is drifting away dangerously to perdition.
Citing the illegal arrest and detention of some Nigerians by agents of the Federal Government without any evidence of criminal charges, he stated that it was against the rights of any citizen to be detained for several weeks without any proof.
While insisting that his unrelenting criticism of President Buhari was not due to bitterness or hatred, the governor said: “I don’t abuse Buhari because he is my grandfather. But we all must not sleep and face the same direction in this country. The people voted for him because they wanted change and I agreed with that because we really needed change.
Commenting on the recently concluded Kogi State election, the guest speaker predicted that the Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, would be removed.
His words: “90 percent of my predictions about Nigeria have come to pass and the next one is that the Kogi State governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, would be sacked by court. I don’t have anything against him but he will be sacked. Quote me. I have never lost a battle. Our electoral process is now in trouble with most of the election having problem and declared inconclusive.”
Fayose charged journalists to put the Nigerian politicians on their to es said: “Journalists, it is time to put all of us (politicians) on course. I’m pleading with you; safe Nigeria. The abundance of a man is not I. What you possess.”
He said the politicians, have no address, explainig that that is why somebody who had eaten with the PDP for more than 12 years will suddenly become a saint when he joins another party, “our attitude is ‘marimachop’.
Fayose, who described journalists as the grains the common man can enjoy beratrd the President Muhammadu Buhari led-administration for given excuses for the challenges being faced by the country, saying, “Today, PDP has been sacked. There should be stop to excuses. My wife is not good…enough of the excuses.”
He then charged Nigerian journalists to put Nigerian politicians on their toes, “what you see is what you can defend. Governance is an open book now. Nobody can play to the gallery.”
On the Fulani hersdmen, the governor warned marauding herdsmen that have sent many Nigerians to their untimely graves in parts of the country to steer clear of his state or otherwise risk a greater danger for their cattle.
He said failure on their part to heed the warning would lead to the people of the state poisoning the source of water by the herdsmen for the cattle.
Fayose said the time had come for Nigerians to defend themselves in the face of unwarranted attacks and killings by suspected herdsmen across the country.
Citing the carnage carried out by them in Benue and Enugu states, the governor said Boko Haram appeared to have changed its identity to herdsmen, unleashing terror on innocent citizens of the country,
He said he had instructed his people to poison water with a particular brand of chemical used against fungal attacks in the event of any herdsmen attack in Ekiti.
“It seems Boko Haram has changed identity to herdsmen now. You as journalists must speak out, the killings are under reported. Is it about the mass burial in Kaduna State, the Agatu saga or the recent killing which happened on Monday? Ask questions,” he said.