Ekiti State Governor and President Muhammadu Buhari’s critic in chief, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, blasted the Nigerian leader on Friday and referred to his latest trip to the United States as the “joke of the year”.
Mr. Fayose called on “well-meaning Nigerians” to prevail on the President to stay at home and solve the sufferings of Nigerians already devastated by squalor and insecurity.
Mr. Buhari is in the United States for the fourth Nuclear Security Summit holding in Washington DC.
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Mr. Fayose, who is known for daily criticisms of the President said “it remains a mystery what President Buhari that met power generation at 6,000MW and could not manage it such that power generation crumbled to Zero Megawatt yesterday, will contribute to the Nuclear Energy Summit in America.”
In a statement by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Mr. Lere Olayinka, Governor Fayose said “it is shameful that while President Buhari was far away in the United States of America, attending a summit that does not have any bearing on Nigeria and its people, an unprecedented happened – power generation stopped
completely for over three hours!”
He said the sufferings of Nigerians deserved the attention of the president instead of junketing around the world, wasting the country’s scarce foreign exchange.
The governor alleged that over $50 million must have been spent on the president’s frequent foreign trips, adding that Nigerians should ask President Buhari whether his trip to the United States of America to attend Nuclear Energy Summit will bring the lingering fuel scarcity being experienced in the country to an end.
“Nigerians are suffering. Petrol has become so scarce that our people now sleep in petrol stations to buy fuel at N200 per litre while the president who should alleviate their sufferings is in the USA, attending a summit that he won’t even understand whatever that is discussed there.
“This is not acceptable. Mr President should stay at home and see to it that at least, power generation returns to 6,000MW that he met it if he cannot add to it.
“Mr President should stay at home and bring this fuel scarcity that has paralysed almost all activities in the country to an end.
“Nigerians are saying their president should stay at home and bring to an end the killings, raping of women and destruction of farmlands by Fulani herdsmen.
“Most importantly, the President should listen more to those of us who criticise him instead of those hailing every of his wrong steps either because of what they intend to gain or for fear of persecution,” the governor said.