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July 18, 2018

He’s President of the North – Fayose

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Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose said yesterday President Muhammadu Buhari was operating as a Northern President, describing steps taken by him since May 29, 2015 as tainted in ethnic and tribal coloration. He said it is against Nigeria’s unity.

The governor, who described what he called President Buhari’s “nothernisation of Nigeria,” said “appointments made by the President so far negated the principle of federal character and it appears the unity in diversity of Nigeria is being taken for granted by the President.”

In a statement issued by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and News Media, Lere Olayinka, Governor Fayose said it was wrong for the President to have made 31 major appointments and only seven came from the South.

“Under Buhari, are people from Southern Nigeria only meant to be hounded and harassed by anti-corruption agencies and the Department of State Services (DSS) while those from the North are meant to enjoy juicy appointments?”

The governor said, “apart from lopsided appointments, I am worried that construction of Lagos-Ibadan Expressway has been slowed down while work has stopped on Lokoja Abuja road, which are the major roads linking the Southern part of Nigeria with the North. “Also, we have been told by the Federal Government that the Second Niger Bridge project has been suspended and one is now beginning to remember how Buhari cancelled the Lagos Metroline Project in 1985 at a loss of over $78 million (the) to taxpayers in Lagos.”

Governor Fayose, who maintained that Nigeria can only move forward if there was equity and fairness, said those who made the constitution and enshrined the principle of federal character were mindful of the ethnic diversity of the country. “They said the President made the appointments on merit and I wish to ask whether there are no competent people in the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the Southern part of Nigeria, especially South-East where no one has been appointed,” he said. incorruptible Nigerians that would help to translate the APC Agenda of Change for the benefit of all Nigerians. We must not reduce governance to political patronage of bread and butter.”


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