Fayose 'Buhari is protecting looters in his govt,' Governor says

Fayose said that the N13bn recovered by the EFCC last Wednesday may have been planted by FG to sustain its "fake anti-corruption fight."

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Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has alleged that some people in President Muhammadu Buhari's cabinet buried loot in the presidential villa in Abuja.

Fayose said this in reaction to the statement by the minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed, that looters have resorted to burying stolen funds in their backyards, deep forests and burial grounds.

Mohammed stated this to stress the importance and success of the Federal Government's whistle blowing policy.

In a statement released by Fayose's spokesman, Lere Olayinka, the Governor discredited the minister's statement, adding that looters in the ruling party, All Progressives Congress (APC) enjoy presidential protection.

Fayose said: "Looters in the Muhammadu Buhari’s presidency, especially those being compensated for funding the election of the president in 2015 bury their own loot in the villa with presidential protection.

"Should it be wrong for other supposed looters that do not have presidential protection like the All Progressives Congress (APC) looters to bury their loots in burial grounds probably for spiritual protection?

"Nigerians can no longer be fooled with stage-managed loots recoveries, with no traceable owners (looters), especially when the loots are traceable to close associates of the president and his cabinet members.

"Obviously, this so-called anti-corruption war has become a laughing stock with N49 million found in Kaduna Airport, N448 million discovered in a shop at Victoria Island, Lagos and N13 billion found in Ikoyi, Lagos neither having owners nor the identities of owners of the property where the money was found known."

The Governor said the N13 billion recovered by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) last Wednesday may have been planted by the Federal Government to sustain its "fake anti-corruption fight."

"It is either the money belongs to members of Buhari’s government or it is being planted by the government to sustain its fake anti-corruption fight in the minds of the people.

"Enough of stage-managed and fake anti-corruption war aimed solely at opposition figures, especially presidential hopefuls in the 2019 election," he said.

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Fayose added that the Buhari administration's job is to protect the APC and crush the opposition, especially those perceived as having presidential ambition.

He said: "The narrative they push daily is that only those in their government are saint while other Nigerians, including those in the national assembly, judiciary, opposition politicians and the civil servants are rogues while only Buhari’s appointees are saints.

"To worsen matters, the cluelessness of the APC government in the last two years has plunged the country into debt without anything to show.

"The cabals in the presidency are also taking advantage of the president’s state of health, which is as a result of his age to oppress Nigerians.

"Nigerians must therefore keep their eyes on the ball and not be carried away by the orchestrated distractions aimed at preventing them from seeing how the APC led government has failed woefully."

He urged the international community to pay attention to what is going on in Nigeria, stressing that the cash haul recovered in Ikoyi, Lagos apartment must not be allowed to be covered up.

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