Governor Ayodele Fayose has described President Muhammadu Buhari as “an ethnic champion and number one promoter of disunity” in Nigeria.
Fayose said this in the light of President Buhari’s directive to the World Bank Group to concentrate development projects in the Northern part of the country.
Speaking through his media aide, Lere Olayinka, Fayose said the comments credited to the World Bank President, Jim Yong Kim, only confirms Buhari to be president of Northern Nigeria.
“Is the comment from the World Bank President different from the 97 percent/5 percent formula of President Buhari?,” the governor queried.
He said, “Once again, the fact that President Buhari is an ethnic champion, and the number one promoter of disunity in Nigeria, was brought to the fore by the President of the World Bank Group, Jim Yong Kim.
“Nigerians should be reminded that on August 15, 2015, less than three months in Buhari’s government, I raised the alarm that he (Buhari) was operating as a president of the Northern Nigeria only. Then, I described steps taken by the president since May 29, 2015 as tainted in ethnic and tribal colouration and inimical to the unity of Nigeria.
“I also decried President Buhari’s Nothernisation of Nigeria and said that the appointments made by the President negated the principle of federal character. Then, we were told that the President made the appointments on merit and I asked whether there were no competent people in the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Southern part of Nigeria.
“Now, with the President of the World Bank Group telling the world that President Buhari gave specific instruction that the bank should shift its developmental efforts to the North, is
anyone still in doubt as to the fact that President Buhari does not see himself as the president of the entire country, Nigeria?”
“Those politicians, who painted the picture of a changed President Buhari to Nigerians before the 2015 presidential election, should remember that I warned that he (Buhari) can never change from an ethnic champion to a nationalist.
“As a Military Head of State, Buhari cancelled the Lagos Metroline project at a loss of over $78 million (then) to the Lagos tax payers. For terminating the contract, $500 million, which was almost enough to complete the project, was paid as fine to the foreign company handling the project.
“Would Buhari have stopped that project that would have resolved the transportation nightmare Lagosians are facing today, if it were in Kano?
“When Fulani herdsmen were killing Nigerians in the South and North-Central states of Benue and Plateau, President Buhari, who is the Patron of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breaders Association simply kept mute.Not even the killing of over 1,000 Agatus in Benue State got the attention of the president.
“The same President Buhari, who led a delegation of Arewa leaders to Ibadan on October 13, 2000, to confront the then Governor of Oyo State, Late Alhaji Lam Adesina over alleged killing of Fulani Herdsmen in Saki, Oke Ogun Area of the state, has never raised his voice against the killings, raping and destruction of farmlands by Fulani herdsmen.
“Painfully, because of President Buhari’s nepotism, and favouritism Nigeria is now more divided than ever before, with the unity of the country being threatened.
“The father figure of this country is President Buhari and if his language does not represents unity, there will be agitations like we are witnessing now.
“I therefore reiterate my commitment to the call for full and total restructuring of Nigeria through dialogue and negotiation.
“It is my position that for Nigeria to move forward and in unity; there must be no sectionalism, there must be no oppression and there must be justice and equity. All these cannot be guaranteed by President Buhari as he has continually demonstrated that he is a President for the Northern part of Nigeria only.”
Governor Fayose further urged the citizens to vote him in the 2019 presidential election, saying; “Unlike President Buhari, I am a complete detribalized Nigerian, who treats all the people of Nigeria equally.”