Ayodele Fayose, governor of Ekiti state, has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of presiding over the “worst form of corruption” in Nigeria’s history.
Fayose said this some hours after the picture of him and Buhari shaking hands at the council of state meeting went viral.
Some might have interpreted the encounter with the president as a sign of truce but the fierce critic of Buhari has shown that it is far from that.
Reacting to the latest report of Transparency International (TI) on the perception of corruption in Nigeria, Fayose said the organisation has “placed a question mark on the President’s claim to integrity”.
Nigeria dropped from 136 to 148 in the 2017 report of TI.
“Transparency International only confirmed what I have said before that President Buhari is only hiding under anti-corruption fight to harass his perceived political foes while protecting corrupt people in his government,” he sai in a statement issued on his behalf by Lere Olayinka, his spokesman.
“Fact is that President Buhari is presiding over the worse form of corruption in the history of Nigeria and the good thing is that despite their propaganda, they have not been able to hide the rot in their government from the eagle eyes of international organisations like the Transparency International.”
The governor also said Nigeria has been confronted with “messy” occurrences indicting the current administration of corruption, adding that “even the acting chairman of EFCC, Ibrahim Magu was indicted by the DSS indictment for corruption.
“Therefore, the reality as revealed by the Transparency International is that the federal government under President Buhari is using APC broom to sweep corruption involving top functionaries of the government under the carpet while setting lion after opposition figure even on mere rumour of corruption.”
‘FG SHOULD STOP LYING ABOUT BOKO HARAM WAR’
On the news of the reported abduction of 94 students of Government Girls Technical College, Dapchi, in Yobe state, by Boko Haram insurgents, the governor said the development contradicts the federal government’s claim that it has “totally defeated” the insurgents.
He said: “My heart goes to those 46 students that are yet to be found and I urge the federal government as well as the Yobe state government to do all within their powers to bring the students back to their families.
“Most importantly, the federal government should stop lying concerning the fight against Boko Haram insurgents because it has now become the tradition that whenever the government boasts of defeating the insurgents, greater havoc is wrecked on the country.”