The loudmouthed governor of Ekiti state, Ayo Fayose, recently attacked President Muhammad Buhari, calling him a ‘liar’.
Bihari had disclosed that many of those who looted the public treasuries in the government of former President Goodluck Jonathan had started returning the stolen funds to the government.
The President, who spoke at an interactive session with members of the Nigerian community in Tehran, Iran, decried the constraints inherent in democracy, recalling that it was easier for him as a military Head of State in 1985 to arrest corrupt individuals and put them in protective custody for them to prove their innocence than in the present democratic practice.
He acknowledged that under the rule of law, the suspects are presumed innocent until convicted by the law.
What then is Fayose’s grouse with the president or his true statement in Tehran? Or is Fayose wont to talk – all the time? I resisted reporting about this Fayose’s talk! talk!! talk!!! all the time but I couldn’t resist replying the talkative from Ekiti on Madjack Report. Fayose is reporting himself.
In a statement issued in Ado-Ekiti on Thursday by the Ekiti state governor’s spokesperson, Lere Olayinka, Fayose said, inter alia:
“ . . . Buhari’s statement in Tehran, Iran that it was easier for him as a military Head of State in 1984 to arrest corrupt individuals and put them in protective custody was a pointer to the fact that he has not changed from the dictator that he was then . . . ”
Fayose went ahead and challenged the president to tell Nigerians how much was returned and the looters who returned the stolen funds, adding 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 Governments”.
Fayose arrogated to himself, the power to tell Buhari to tell Nigerians how much was returned – when investigations are still going on – which will lead to prosecutions. Fayose then decided that the stolen funds belong to the Federal Republic of Nigeria and must be shared by the Federal, State and Local Governments.
I wonder what time the Ekiti loudmouth has to govern Ekiti state, when all he does is to look out for things that are beyond his purview, not within his competence, jurisdiction, comprehension, expertise and prowess – and speak on them – as if he knows what he is talking about.
He is now the loudmouthed and talkative main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) spokesman and government critic, while Olisa Metuh is the, the, the; so many the, I wonder what the hell Metuh does for the PDP?
The fact remains that treasury looters are returning stolen funds to federal government coffers and as soon as investigations are concluded, many of them, if not all, will be prosecuted according to the laws of Nigeria – whether Ayo Fayose likes it or not.
Buhari’s fight against corruption is on course. The journey of a million miles or kilometers starts with a step, or from somewhere; and Buhari started from somewhere – with the looters from the erstwhile Goodluck Jonathan administration. The president is stepping – one step at a time.
This Ayo Fayose’s attack on President Muhammad Buhari – is one too many.
By Nnamdi Ebo