Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, on Wednesday, said that if President Muhammadu Buhari had not mounted podiums in foreign lands to make negative utterances about Nigeria, the British Prime Minister, David Cameron would not have described Nigeria as “fantastically corrupt.”
In a statement signed by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, the controversial governor said that it was annoying that Buhari said he was “embarrassed and shocked” by Cameron’s comment.
He advised that rather than express shock, the president should apologise to Nigerians for de-marketing the country and his people.
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He said: “What do you expect from the international community when the president of a nation keeps going abroad to say that his people are corrupt?
“When a president mounts the podium in foreign lands and gleefully says that his own people are criminals, that they are corrupt and that those abroad should be sent back home, why won’t presidents of other countries brand all citizens of such a country as fantastically corrupt?
“Rather than this grandstanding from the presidency, conceited efforts should be made to redeem the image of Nigeria that the president has destroyed.”