…accuses President of hypocrisy
By Sadiq Umar – The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has faulted President Muhammadu Buhari’s reaction to the Sunday attack in faraway Cote D’Ivoire, urging him to pay attention to problems facing the nation first instead focusing on happenings in other countries.
Fayose told Buhari focus on issues of security at home, wondering why he would quickly “pick his phone and call the Ivorian President, Alassane Quattara, after the attack” but failed to comment on the reported massacre of over 300 Agatu people by Fulani herdsmen in Benue State.
“It is strange that President Buhari was more concerned with the killing of 16 people in Cote D’Ivoire than the Fulani herdsmen’s murder of over 300 citizens of Nigeria,” Mr. Fayose said on Tuesday in a statement signed by his Special Assistant of Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka.
The Ekiti Governor who belongs to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) accused the President of being hypocritical and a 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. Fayose said it was alarming that even when former Senate President, David Mark, was attacked by the Fulani herdsmen last Saturday when he went on inspection of the eight communities destroyed by the Fulani herdsmen, there was no reaction from the Pesident condemning the terror attack.
“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,” said Mr. Fayose.
“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,” he stated.