I’m both­ered about se­cu­rity, econ­omy, not 2019 elec­tions, says Buhari

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - FRONT PAGE - From Ay­o­dele Afo­labi, Ado-ek­iti

EK­ITI State Gover­nor, Mr. Ay­o­dele Fayose has told Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari to stop lament­ing about what his pre­de­ces­sors failed to do and blam­ing past lead­ers for the in­abil­ity of his ad­min­is­tra­tion to ful­fill his cam­paign prom­ises.

He added that; “Only a leader that lacked com­pe­tence and is chal­lenged by knowl­edge and ex­po­sure will blame his pre­de­ces­sors for over three years.”

The gover­nor, who de­scribed the pres­i­dent’s state­ment on Sun­day while re­ceiv­ing some mem­bers of the Buhari Di­as­pora Sup­port Or­gan­i­sa­tion in Lon­don as shame­ful, said; “it ap­pears Buhari has for­got­ten that he is also among the past lead­ers of Nige­ria be­cause blam­ing past lead­ers for the coun­try’s eco­nomic prob­lems amounts to blam­ing him­self. The neg­a­tive foun­da­tion the likes of Pres­i­dent Buhari laid caused the prob­lems of the coun­try.” In a state­ment is­sued yes­ter­day,by his Spe­cial As­sis­tant on Pub­lic Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and New me­dia, Lere Olayinka, the gover­nor said; “It is ap­palling that Buhari, who at his very young age was mil­i­tary gover­nor of the North Eastern State, petroleum min­is­ter, Head of State and later Chair­man of the Petroleum Trust Fund (PTF) under the Abacha ad­min­is­tra­tion is the same per­son that is blam­ing past lead­ers of Nige­ria.

“What dif­fer­ence did he make as Gover­nor of the North Eastern State? What was his role as Min­is­ter of Petroleum and Chair­man of the Nige­rian Na­tional Petroleum Cor­po­ra­tion (NNPC) when it was cre­ated in 1977?

“It is on record that it was dur­ing Pres­i­dent Buhari’s ten­ure as min­is­ter of petroleum that N2.8 bil­lion went miss­ing from the ac­counts of the NNPC in Mid­lands Bank in the United King­dom. N2.8 bil­lion as at that time is like $2.8 bil­lion (over N1 tril­lion) now. “It is also on record that Pres­i­dent Buhari was a key player in the Abacha gov­ern­ment that the coun­try is still re­cov­er­ing its loots up till to­day. In­ter­est­ingly, our Mr. In­tegrity Pres­i­dent once said that Abacha never stole.’’

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