I Don’t Abuse Buhari, He’s My Grandfather – Fayose

Buhari-FayoseGovernor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State on Tuesday described President Muhammadu Buhari as his grandfather, saying it is improper for him to abuse the president as widely claimed.
Fayose, however, clarified that Buhari being his “grandfather” does not mean he would look the other way when going in the wrong direction.
The governor made this known during his address as Guest Speaker at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) World Press Freedom Day lecture held on Tuesday in Ibadan, Oyo State.
Fayose, who has been a thorn in the flesh of the Buhari administration, said he would rather die than conceal the truth.
Speaking on the topic “Journalism and Politics: Two Sides of A Coin”, the outspoken governor said there were two things that people were afraid of – fear of death and incarceration.
Fayose said his criticism of President Buhari is healthy for Nigeria and the people of the country to achieve economic and political development.
According to him, it would be absurd for all to watch and refuse to talk even when the ship of the nation is drifting away dangerously towards the precipice.
Citing the illegal arrest and detention of some Nigerians by agents of the federal government without any evidence of criminal charges, he noted that it was against the rights of any citizen to be detained for several weeks without any proof or being charged to court.
While insisting that his unrelenting criticism of President Buhari was not due to bitterness or hatred, Fayose said “I don’t abuse Buhari because he is my grandfather. But we all must not sleep and face the same direction in this country. The people voted for him because they wanted change and I agreed with that because we really needed change.
“They told Nigerians that when they get into power there will be no subsidy and there will be no queues again but today full subsidy and queues are here.
“In the last 12 months, Nigerians have never had it so bad. Most generators have been exhausted”.

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