EKITI State governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, has declared that he is not afraid of death, adding that his current travails notwithstanding, he would triumph at the end of the day.
Speaking at the weekend while speaking with journalists in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, Fayose said he would triumph again just as he did over his adversaries in the past, when he was hounded out of office over alleged corruption charges and, thereafter, returned to same office as governor for a second term.
“I am not afraid of death; I am not afraid of anything except God. I have gone through this road before.
“In 2006, I was charged to court by EFCC. The Falanas of this world, the Ojudus of this world and all my adversaries on the other side, they were working with Nuhu Ribadu; when they were celebrating me negatively in the newspapers; Fayose is Going, Going, Gone!
“After all, they did it, I am back in the Government House now. I was incarcerated; I was in Ikoyi Prisons for almost 50 days. So when you do these things, you make me a better man.
“When you look at the book of James, it says, ‘Don’t be in a hurry to get out of trouble.’ When faith worketh patience in you, it makes you a better man. Sometimes food is good, fasting is better. I am not a man scared of all these.
“Fighting corruption is a great thing. It is good, but anything that does not represent the truth is simply corruption. Anything that doesn’t represent justice is not good. Those who make peaceful change impossible would make violent change inevitable,” he said.
He expressed the fear that Nigeria might soon be without opposition, with the calibre of the people already arrested by government in the name of fighting corruption.
“My fear is that Nigeria would be a country without opposition; the rights of the people would be taken from them in the name of fighting corruption,” he said.
Fayose, therefore, charged President Muhammadu Buhari to “be the father of Nigeria and not the ruler of Nigeria,” adding that he had no personal grudge against him.