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Fayose’s aide to Garba Shehu: We won’t let you take Nigeria back to Military era

Posted: Nov 2, 2015 at 10:59 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)
The statement credited to the Senior Special Assistant to the
President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, warning Ekiti
State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose to stop speaking on the running of
the economy by the federal government has been described as a
demonstration of military dictatorship mentality.

Special Assistant to the Governor on Public Communications and New
Media, Lere Olayinka, in a statement issued in Ado Ekiti on Monday,
said it was sad that the presidency could be warning a Nigerian, who
is heading one of the country’s federating units on what to say and
what not to say.

Olayinka, who said he was sure that Garba Shehu must have spoken for
himself, and not President Mohammadu Buhari, added that "Governor
Fayose will continue to say the truth in the interest Nigeria and its
people because the Governor is not one of those that will go
underground because of political persecution."

He maintained that the country’s economy was in serious recession,
adding that; “the president himself attested to this when he said that
the country was broke and this has also been corroborated by the
Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Group financial report,
indicating that the corporation incurred a total loss of N120.07bn in
the months of August and September.

"JP Morgan is also removing Nigeria from its Emerging Market Bond
Index, a move analysts say would have far reaching implications for
the country’s dwindling economy as investors could move their funds to
competing countries, resulting in higher lending rates.

“It is therefore a sad reminder of the military era that in a
democracy, under a federation in which all federating units enjoy some
degree of autonomy, the Presidency is warning a State Governor on what
to say and what not to say.

“Top functionaries of the All Progressives Congress (APC), including
State Governors criticised the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)
government of Dr Goodluck Jonathan, the Presidency did not go about
warning them.

“Certainly, these people working with the President need to be purged
of Acquired Immune Military Dictatorship Syndrome (AIMDS), even as
they must be told that Governor Fayose won’t stop speaking his mind
and exposing their hypocrisy in the overall interest of Nigeria and
its people."

Speaking further, the governor's aide said "Nigerians are desirous of
the change promised by the APC led federal government, but as it
stands, no clear direction yet.

"Rather than engage credible Nigerians to help in the revive of the
ailing economy, what we have seen from the APC Presidency is
appointment of their cronies and political robbers as well as
harassment of perceived political opponents with anti corruption
agencies and men of the Department of State Security."

He said it was not in the interest of the President for his aides to
take on Governor Fayose, adding that; "leaving issues and attacking
Fayose is like hitting ones head on the rock."