Saturday, 14 October 2017

Fayose attacks Buhari over World Bank request as Shettima says 3 Southern governors were present during the request

The governor of Ekiti, Ayodele Fayose says President Muhammadu Buhari is the “number one promoter of disunity in Nigeria”.

He spoke in reaction to the comments of the president of World Bank, Jim Yong Kim, who said Buhari asked the institution to focus on the Northern Nigeria.

Fayose said the number one citizen has never hidden the fact that he is a sectional leader.

“Because of his nepotism, religious bigotry and favouritism, Nigeria is now more divided than ever before, with the unity of the country being threatened,” he said.

“When a president opened his mouth and said constituencies that gave him 97% votes could not be treated the same way with constituencies that gave him 5% votes, lovers of unity in the country should have raised the alarm and alerted the world of the danger of having a nepotistic president. I warned then”.

“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.”

“Now, with the president of the World Bank Group, Jim Yong Kim, 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?”

Meanwhile, the governor of Borno state, Kashim Shettima said five Governors, three of them representing the Southsouth, Southeast and Southwest and the late Nigerian Ambassador to the United States, Professor Adebowale Adefuye were present when President Muhammadu Buhari held the meeting with President of the World Bank in Washington back in July, 2015.

Shettima who was also at the meeting also called on Nigerians to emphasize on issues that united the country, rather than what divides it.

The governor spoke in reference to responses following the statement from the World Bank President that Buhari had asked the institution to focus on “Northern Nigeria”.

Shettima said himself, governors Owelle Rochas Okorocha of Imo from the South-East, Adams Oshiomhole from the South-South, Abiola Isiaka Ajimobi from the South-West and Tanko Almakura from the North-Central  (all APC) were all in attendance when President Buhari met with the World Bank, during which he made an open request for the world to focus on helping the Federal Government to rebuild the North-East.

Shettima said that it was in furtherance of the request that in 2016, the World Bank in collaboration with the European Union and office of the Vice President, organised a Recovery and Peace Building Assessment Report on the six states affected by the Boko Haram attacks in the North-East following which it was verifiably discovered that the Boko Haram had destroyed public and private infrastructure worth nine billion dollars in the North-East.

Governor Shettima said he found it necessary to clear the air because it will be unfair for him to keep silent while President Buhari is misunderstood in his attempt to help in rebuilding Borno and other parts of the North-East.

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