Fayose Questions Buhari’s Absence at State Functions

Ayodele Fayose
Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose
  • Alleges surrogates governing on his behalf


Victor Ogunje in Ado-Ekiti

 Ekiti State governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose has questioned President Muhammadu Buhari’s persistent absence from state functions, especially the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meetings, demanding to know if the president is now governing the country by proxy.

In a statement by his media aide, Mr. Lere Olayinka, Fayose, who is known to be a rabid critic of the administration, said yesterday that Nigerians are regaled everyday with directives from the president without seeing him at any function.

“Everyday, what we hear is president said this, president said that without seeing the president in any official function and one is prompted to ask: where is the president?”

Fayose said it was becoming obvious that a cabal is exercising the powers of the president.

“I saw the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr. Babachir Lawal on television responding to his suspension and what came to my mind was that there could actually be many presidents operating in the Buhari presidency.

“Perhaps, it is for this reason of the possible existence of governments within the government of the Buhari administration that confusion pervades the polity, with the president himself writing a letter to the Senate to clear someone of wrongdoing and the same person being suspended three months after on the basis of the same allegation.

“It is also for this reason that the president nominated Ibrahim Magu to the Senate for confirmation as EFCC chairman and the Department of State Services (DSS), an agency under the presidency wrote the Senate not to confirm him.

“Most importantly, the president did not attend the FEC meeting last week and the meeting did not hold this week under the flimsy excuse that Easter break stalled it.

“How could the Easter break which ended on Monday be responsible for the inability to hold the FEC meeting on Wednesday? Definitely, there is more to this than meets the eye.

“It has therefore become necessary that Nigerians hear the voice of their president and see him physically, not through surrogates or the cabal operating behind the scene,” the governor said.

Speaking further, the Ekiti state governor, who described the president as the face and image of a nation, urged Buhari to hold regular media chats through which Nigerians can ask questions and offer suggestions on the country.

“Since his first and only media chat was held in December 2015, Nigerians have not had the opportunity to see their president address them directly and this is not the best approach to governance in a democracy,” he said.

Since the president returned from his medical vacation last month, he has not left the Presidential Villa, Abuja, and has delegated several officials to represent him at several functions.

His absence at the FEC meeting last week and its postponement on Wednesday once again fuelled speculations about his health.

The president was last seen at the mosque in the Presidential Villa last Friday, where he attended the Jumat service.


  • Arabakpura

    It does appear that Fayose has completed his gubernatorial duties; can’t one go before his time if his duties are finished?

    • Jon West

      This is really a question you should address to your dying hero at the Villa. Can’t he go and live out his life in peace and reasonable comfort, instead of this charade that he thinks is life in power?

      • Arabakpura

        If I do, should we ask Fayose to go and replace him? You think?

        • Jon West

          Anybody will do a better job at this time.

          • Pax

            That’s what was said, and believed, about GEJ, and just look where that’s gotten the country today. Let’s begin to learn from history, please.

  • AdeOne

    Has Fayose for once or twice held a media chat with Ekiti people since assume office and till date how many media chat has he held?
    Well it is prerogative of Mr. President to delegate responsibilities or not to whom he deems fit to. And how many of livelyhood infrastructure has Fayose commissioned, how much of his time official hours is he dedicating to service delivery?
    Please Mr. Fayose be more concerned about good service delivery to the people of Ekiti than been logged with what is happening in the presidency, Thanks

    • Jon West

      No, what is happening at the Presidency, has a direct bearing on his ability to deliver service to his people. This is a Federal country with the strongest centre in the world of politics. The President can make or mar the country. The Certificateless One is marring us and Ayo Fayoshe has every right to be apprehensive.

      • AdeOne

        Really!!! congrats then

  • Steel

    Oh so you saw him at mosque last Friday? And yet earlier in your text, you opined that no one had seen anywhere. Fayose the deranged gov pls occupy yourself with ekiti governance and stop this your morbid apprehension about the president.
    We are getting results and that’s all that matters.

  • EzekielIwa

    This comedian of a governor!!!! Doing nothing other than clearing grass to give space for Airport development in Ekiti and executing a funny overhead bridge contract in the bid to fake that he is working

  • The Dawn

    Thank you Ayo Fayose for standing up to savagery and evil. May you see the dead bodies of those that hate you.

  • Jon West

    When the Certficateless One was undergoing cancer therapy in London, I predicted that he will come back someday, but will never again address the National Assembly. With the way thongs are panning out, I should really upgrade to the status of a Pentecostal Prophet. Ha!! Ha!!
    On a more serious note, this country is worse than Zimbabwe. At least Mugabe is visible. Here , our own Old Man is probably unable to get out of bed and ragamuffins are issuing orders on his behalf. When will this nightmare called Nigeria end?

    • 51O

      Prophet St. Jon West

    • uncle Sam.

      Your mouth is running riots, please control it.

  • Netanyahu

    Probably that was why Babachir Lawal asked “who is presidency” in response to the question that presidency said…. There may be too many presidencies out there.

  • oyoko

    i think Mr Gov, your continuous face in the media with nothing to say except Buhari is becoming boring to us. just face your governance and allow us to do the observation.

  • Yours Truly

    Ayo Fayoshe is right in this case, in my opinion. The president, in the presidential system of government, is too important to the system to be operated by proxy. I believe that the President’s ill health has led to government agencies contradicting one another and acting out of consonance. The surprise here is that our news media have all been silent on our President’s seclusion. The President must declare his state of health to the nation. It’s the right and moral thing to do.

  • Wazoo

    It’s just obviously that whatever the gomina fayose said or do is always applauds by the igbos