Governor Ayo Fayose has reduced the release of the Chibok girls to politics. He needs to be stopped
This week, the garrulous Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of one of the most enlightened States in the federation, plunged into lower depths.
Soon after news broke that 21 Chibok schoolgirls have been released from Boko Haram captivity, Fayose issued another of his very senseless press statements.
The release of the girls, said the Governor, was a diversionary tactic from the Muhammadu Buhari Presidency--yet another script from the Buhari administration to deflect attention from his foibles on the economy, Fayose said.
Here's Fayose in his own words:
"Nigerians are no longer interested in the lies and make believes of the APC- led federal government. Rather, Nigerians want the economy fixed and food on their tables.
“As for me, I keep my fingers crossed on this reported release of 21 Chibok girls. This is because we were once told by this same government that one of the girls was released and the girl, who was supposed to be writing Physics WAEC examination then could not speak one sentence in English.
“Again, it was reported yesterday that Boko Haram bombed Maiduguri, Borno State and killed more than 10 people. How the same Boko Haram insurgents that bombed Maiduguri yesterday could release 21 Chibok girls today is a question Nigerians must ask.
“Until proved otherwise, the story still appears like one of the diversionary tactics of the federal government.
“We have heard enough stories on corruption, the federal government should give Nigerians food. The people are suffering and their sufferings must be attended to by the federal government.
“Propaganda, cheap lies and diversionary tactics must give way for serious governance.”
For Fayose and his ilk, what should have been a moment of joy for everyone across the political divide, was a good opportunity to play politics. It didn't matter to the Governor that the families of the released girls don't care for his politics or bile. It didn't matter to Fayose that the parents of these girls have been in agony for close to three years as their wards turned into sex slaves for the Boko Haram savages.
Not for Fayose the gripping, emaciated images of the girls on Television--cradling kids they had no say in bringing to the world.
Here's a Governor who, alongside some of his PDP folks, never believed the girls were abducted in the first place. The sheer heartlessness of it all!
Rabid and classless, a Governor of a State in Nigeria really thinks every occurrence in his alternative universe is a propaganda tool; that life is a binary--split between PDP or APC, sensitivity be damned!
To be shocked by the hollowness and shallowness of Fayose is to be amazed that the sky is up there.
In the last couple of years, we've been treated to one senseless Fayose statement after another--press statements that could have been written from a sewer. We know better than to expect anything sensible from the Fayose stable.
But yesterday was a low blow, even for him. To issue that kind of statement without a care in the world as to whether it was going to rub the released girls, their families or the nation the wrong way, was sickening and gut wrenching.
Fayose should know when to play his filthy brand of politics. It should never be with the lives and emotions of suffering people. That will be asking for too much, we know, but insist we must.
And if we don't get any reprieve from Fayose and his laptop in the near future, may we recommend that he's checked into a health facility to have his vocal chords and grey matter checked?