Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State described Thursday’s release of 21 of the abducted Chibok girls as diversionary, saying this “cannot take away the fact that Nigerians are suffering and they are yearning for relief.”
Fayose, who spoke in Ado Ekiti on Thursday, claimed that the celebration of the releacpse of the girls from captivity was a “tactic employed by the Federal Government to divert the attention of Nigerians away from the hunger and outrage generated by crackdown on judges.”
The governor spoke at the inauguration of a three classrooms block built by his wife, Feyisetan, at the Erelu Adebayo Children’s Home in Iyin Ekiti in Irepodun/Ifelodun Local Government Area of the state, as part of activities marking his second year in office.
He said Nigerians should engage in “serious prayers for God to ameliorate their suffering,” saying “what they came out to tell Nigerians that 21 abducted Chibok girls have been released by the Boko Haram group is diversionary. Nigerians have never had it so bad.
“People are very hungry. What they did today is just to divert attention from what they did last week by clamping judges and justices into detention. While no one is saying corruption should be condoned, but the due process must be folllowed.
“The Peoples Democratic Party-led Federal Government that they labelled as ‘inept’, did better than this. The exchange rate of the naira to the dollar is unacceptable. The situation has led to hyper-inflation where what people used to buy for N30,000 can not be bought with N100,000. Look at the elections that have been conducted since they came to office, all the gains recorded by the previous government as far as democracy is concerned are being eroded.”
The governor commended his wife for building on what her predecessor in office did instead of starting her own pet project.
“As you have done this, don’t worry, others will come to recognise you too and what is important is that we work for posterity to judge us. This is already on records and generations coming after us will know we made our impact while leading this state,” he said.
The governor donated the sum of N250,000 to buy clothing materials for the children of the home.
He also gave another N250,000 to buy food items for them, just as he gave automatic employment to a lady helping to take care of the children.
In her speech, Mrs Feyisetan Fayose said it was an uncommon divine opportunity to be in charge of the state at this point in time.
She thanked the governor and others for supporting the project financially and otherwise.