Ayodele Fayose, the Ekiti state governor, has asked president Muhammadu Buhari to heed the counsel of the National Peace Committee.
The ‘people-friendly’ governor, who made this appeal on Sunday, urged the Nigerian leader to follow the recommendations of the committee led by former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, in which he (Buhari) was advised to tread cautiously.
A statement issued by Lere Olayinka, Fayose’s special assistant on public communications and new media, showed that the former president has stylishly told Buhari to tread cautiously and remember that he is not a military government.
“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.
“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.
“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. These are Nigerians who don’t need personal favours from the President and he should get the message very clearly that he is being told not to act as a dictator,” the statement read.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governor, also noted that Nigerians are more concerned about their welfare rather than honeymoon periods of Buhari’s government.
According to a report on Vanguard, he said: “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 (PDP).
“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.”
A socio-political group, the Ekiti New Project (EKNP) recently advised the governor to tread softly in his attacks on president Muhammadu Buhari.