Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose has said that President Muhammadu Buhari is oppressing Nigerians.
The governor also asked Buhari to explain where his campaign funds came from.
Fayose made the comments during a recent interview with Vanguard. Excerpts below:
What informed your position against President Buhari?
Incidentally, this year I will be 56. I am a grown Nigerian when President Buhari was president of this country. I was well grown enough to know what he represented.
The people that voted largely for President Buhari were under 40 years old because they dominated the social media and Bible says “My people die because of lack of knowledge. He became president 1984, and you will want to recall that anybody that would say I am 40 years at the time President Buhari contested was only nine years (when he first ruled).
Fighting corruption Nine years doesn’t know what Nigeria represents and that was why they voted for him because you must know who you are giving your life to – who you are giving your future to. You must know you are not taking your life to Golgotha. So, as a man who knew President Buhari – then I was in Ibadan.
I knew the total misrule of 1984 to 1985 – how the military suffered Nigerians, how a lot of leaders were clamped in chains using decree 2. So, President Buhari is living true to type. If you look at the way he is governing Nigeria today, it is the same way he did before; by his appointments, by his taking away the rights of the people, by doing things without recourse to due process.
Fighting corruption is a great thing. It is good, but anything that does not represent the truth is simply corruption. You’re oppressing some people now either because they are not from your region or because you had issues with them before; it is a mission for vengeance.
So, let me round it up, there is nothing personal between President Buhari and myself. Let us look at the APC, most of the people they were bashing in those days, but when they get to APC they become saints. Ayo Fayose I have told the people who brought Buhari will end up inside his stomach.
This is one chance government that we have entered under this man. Nepotism is another story; lying upon lying. In fact, opposition is the strength of democracy. It is where the average man can get value for money. You are trying to silence Femi Fani-Kayode; you are trying to silence Metuh and others. My brothers, where in Nigeria have people contested election, vied for office and not spent money?
All the aircraft carrying President Buhari during campaigns, is it cows that were carrying him around? I want to make it clear that there is nothing personal between myself and President Buhari, but I want to make it expressly clear again to you that what they are doing is not in the interest of Nigeria to cow the people once opinion differs from yours.
After all, this state was run by APC when Jonathan was president. They had peace to run their government. Today, if you want to call the police, they are afraid, when you want to use the FRCN, they will say no. The president will not allow.
They will go and report us to APC in Abuja. So, what kind of life is that? The FRCN here they don’t carry PDP news. It is that bad! So, what nation are we building? A nation built on sectional and political interests? As much as you can call Jonathan’s name, the man never took a political prisoner.