You can’t intimidate me – Fayose tells Buhari
- Why Abdulsalami Abubakar, others met Buhari
The Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, has said that the visit of the National Peace Committee led by a former military head of state, Abdulsalami Abubakar, to President Muhammadu Buhari should be taken as a warning against dictatorship.
He said it was a tactful reminder to the president that he was not presiding over a military government.
Speaking through his Special Assistant on Public Communication, Lere Olayinka, on Sunday, Mr. Fayose hinted that he was aware of plans to destabilise his government because of his stand on national issues.
“Opposition is one of the roots on which democracy stands and any president or governor that does not want opposition will eventually become a dictator. I want to state without fear or favour that I will continue to speak the truth no matter whose ox is gored,” Mr. Fayose noted.
“Nigeria belongs to all of us and no one can intimidate me or the good people of Ekiti State who freely and overwhelmingly gave me their mandate. Democracy as a form of government thrives on our ability to ask questions and get answers from leaders.”
He urged President Buhari to listen to the wise counsels from the General Abdulsalami’s Committee saying, “the Peace Committee has reminded the president that he is not heading a military government and with the calibre of Nigerians in the Committee, their wise counsel should not be ignored.”
According to him, members of the committee are Nigerians who do not need personal favours from the president and so should get the message very clearly that he is being told not to act as a dictator.
“Rather than concentrate and make a difference within his 100 days in office, the president’s greatest achievement so far is harassment of PDP leaders, appointment of his in-law and kinsmen into sensitive positions, selective fight against corruption and arrest and detention of INEC officials who worked in States won by the Peoples Democratic Party,” Mr. Fayose said.
“Fighting corruption should not be synonymous with convicting Nigerians on pages of newspapers. Rather, the judiciary and other relevant agencies should be allowed to do their jobs without any direct or indirect interference from the President and his party.
“Corruption must be fought in accordance with the laws of the land because going against the laws of the land and the oath taken by the President to respect the constitution in itself is corruption.”