– Governor Ayodele Fayose described President Muhammadu Buhari as his grandfather
– The governor explained that a 73-year-old president is physically unable to run the country
– He also said that his constant criticism of the current policy is in the interests of Nigerians.
Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state said he has a grandfather-like realtionship with President Muhammadu Buhari and denied any hatred towards him.
Hinting at the president’s advanced age the governor said that a 73-year-old Buhari is not strong enough to rule such a complex country like Nigeria.
To justify his position he cited fuel crisis, an unstable rate of national currency, Fulani herdsmen attacks, power situation and corruption as examples.
Speaking at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) World Press Freedom Day lecture on Tuesday in Ibadan, Oyo state, he said: “People say that I abuse Buhari, I am not abusing him because he is like my grandfather but I know the history.
Eighty per cent of people that voted for Buhari in the south-west did not know him. They are between 18 and 40.
They voted because they wanted change desperately and I agree with them. He left government 32 years ago so they did not experience his rule.
Today, the Peoples Democratic Party is no longer in government so they should stop blaming the PDP.
They told us that dollars would become one to one with the naira. But where is that today? The regime of fuel subsidy is gone and we now have food subsidy. Queues are back at petrol stations.
Whatever I say is divine. The next thing to happen will be the removal of the Kogi state governor.
I have not lost a battle in my life and when I lost one, I came back to win. We have never had it so bad like in the last 12 months; electricity has gone to zero and we no longer have light in our houses.
I am here to tell Nigerians that we are in the wrong direction because you cannot give what you don’t have.
There is a time to retire because of the diminishing return on the functionality of the brain. At 75, my mother can do little.