Governor of Ekiti State, Ayo Fayose has urged President Mohammadu Buhari to tread cautiously and apply democratic norms in his anti-corruption crusade.
Governor Fayose said that the President should be wise enough to know that the former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar led National Peace Committee tactically told him to tread cautiously and be mindful of the fact that he is not heading a military government.”
While declaring support for the fight against corruption, Governor Fayose however said that “fighting corruption should not be synonymous with convicting Nigerians on pages of newspapers. Rather, the judiciary and other relevant agencies should be allowed to do their jobs without any direct or indirect interference from the President and his party.
The governor, who said he was not unaware of the sinister plot to destabilise his government because of his strong and truthful stands on national issues, vowed not to be cowed by threat from any quarter.
According to a statement issued by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, the governor said “opposition is one of the roots on which democracy stands and any President or Governor that does not want opposition will eventually become a dictator.”
He vowed to continue to speak the truth no matter whose ox is gauged adding that “Nigeria belongs to all of us and no one can intimidate me or the good people of Ekiti State who freely and overwhelmingly gave me their mandate.”
According to him, “rather than concentrate and make a difference within his 100 days in office, the president’s greatest achievement so far is harassment of PDP leaders, appointment of his in-law and kinsmen into sensitive positions, selective fight against corruption and arrest and detention of INEC officials who worked in States won by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).”