Stop lying about stolen money – Fayose blasts Buhari

By Amako Nneji November 26, 2015 17:18

Stop lying about stolen money – Fayose blasts Buhari

Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, Thursday evening, November 26, dared President Muhammadu Buhari to stop junketing round the world and lying about faceless people returning stolen funds to the government.

In a statement issued in Ado Ekiti and signed by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka challenged the President to tell Nigerians how much was returned and the looters, who returned the stolen funds.

    “Since the purported looted funds belong to the Federal Republic of Nigeria, it ought to have been paid into the Federation Account and shared by the Federal, State and Local Government.”

Buhari in Tehran, Iran on Tuesday, November 24, had disclosed that many of those who looted the public treasuries under former President, Goodluck Jonathan had started returning stolen funds to the coffers.

The President who spoke during a meeting with the Nigerian community in Iran decried the constraints inherent in democracy, recalling that it was easier for him as a military Head of State in 1985 to arrest corrupt individuals and put them in protective custody for them to prove their innocence than in the present democratic practice.

Fayose in reaction advised Buhari to tackle the collapsed economy of the country headlong instead of going from one country to another, casting aspersion on Nigerians with his sing-song of fighting corruption.

He said the President’s attitude was yet to change from that of 1984 when he was military Head of State, adding that; “Buhari’s statement in Tehran, Iran that it was easier for him as a military Head of State in 1984 to arrest corrupt individuals and put them in protective custody was a pointer to the fact that he has not changed from the dictator that he was then.

      “The truth is that Buhari did not fight corruption in 1984. Rather, he persecuted great Nigerians, especially the likes of Chief Adekunle Ajasin, Chief Ambrose Ali, Chief Bisi Onabanjo, Alhaji Lateef Jakande and Chief Bola Ige, who served the people meritoriously.

“Is Buhari justifying the imprisonment of Dr Alex Ekwueme, who was only the Vice President or All Progressives Congress (APC) leader like Chief Bisi Akande, who only served as a Deputy Governor?

“Nigerians are desirous of concrete developments, not rhetoric about fight against corruption that is only being used to persecute perceived political enemies of the President both in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and within the APC.

“As at today, Nigerians are faced with serious hardship occasioned by prolonged fuel scarcity that the Federal Government does not have any solution to.

“Multi-national companies are laying-off thousands of workers while contractors working for the Federal Government have left their sites.

“Yet, what we get to hear from the President is noise in foreign lands about non-existing fight against corruption.

“Honestly, this President should get to work and stop lying to Nigerians and the international community.”

Earlier, Fayose attacked Buhari over his perceived role in the delay of the announcement of the demise of Kogi State APC governorship candidate Audu Abubakar.

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