By Olakiitan Victor in Ado Ekiti
Following the violence that marred the rerun elections in Rivers State, the inability of the Independent National Electoral Commission to conclude major polls in recent months, and the worsening economic climate in the country, Ekiti State governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, has admonished President Muhammadu Buhari to go beyond apologising to Nigerians on some of his “flawed policies and miscalculated steps” by his administration since assuming office.
The governor also urged the president to stop seeing himself as a sectional leader or the president of the All Progressives Congress (APC), but as the leader of all groups and people of the country.
In a statement by his chief press secretary, Mr. Idowu Adelusi in Ado Ekiti yesterday, Fayose however commended the president for admitting to some errors by his government.
The governor also said the president should be wary of some selfish persons in the APC who are bent on dropping his name to commit atrocities all in the name of politics.
“This is a moment of truth. I commend the president for being bold enough to apologise for his lapses. He has come out to admit and accept that criticism is part of democracy. He can do whatever he likes, but it must be within the ambit of the law.
“The president has swallowed his pride by admitting that there is a sharp drop in electricity and that we are experiencing agonising fuel scarcity in the country. They told us the refineries are working, but that was a lie, we are still importing fuel.
“The president must not, however, stop at apologising. He cannot continue to apologise over everything, he must step up. A leader must think very well before making policy statements.
“He apologised over the dissolution of governing councils of federal universities which I had earlier criticised, because there are laws establishing these boards and you cannot just wake up one day and say you are dissolving them.
“I call on the president to do something about the lingering fuel scarcity. Many motorists now sleep at filling stations. Unfortunately, the federal government has told Nigerians not to expect a solution soon. The government should end the pain without delay and stop chasing perceived political enemies.
“The president should also address job losses which have become a daily occurrence. They promised Nigerians jobs but the reverse is the case now,” he said.
Fayose also advised Buhari to pay attention to security issues, rather than exerting energy on silencing the opposition. “Look at the Agatu issue. That place is a food basket for the country and when herdsmen now go on the rampage destroying lives and properties, we should not fold our arms,” he said.
Fayose also took a swipe at the manner elections have been conducted under the present regime, saying they had destroyed the legacy of credible elections left behind by former President Goodluck Jonathan.
“It is an understatement to describe the conduct of elections in Kogi, Bayelsa and Rivers States by the Buhari administration as a show of shame.
“This is an aspect where the president has to be very careful. He must not allow himself to be led by the nose by some rejected and crooked politicians.
“These are politicians who were soundly rejected in previous elections by their people and who now want to use state power and brute force to lord themselves over the people because their party is now in power at the
federal level,” he noted.
The governor further advised Buhari to spend more time in the country addressing pressing national issues, instead of globe trotting, saying the country must be given adequate supervision.