Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State, on Wednesday came out emphatically to state that President Muhammadu Buhari is not a saint and not the Almighty God who cannot be questioned, with an addition that the fight against corruption as being currently prosecuted was mere noise-making, witch-hunt and harassment of perceived political opponents of the President.
The governor who stated this in a press statement as his reaction to the first 100 days of the President in office, argued that the beauty of democracy was incredible opposition. While maintaining that he would not go underground because of possible harassment and intimidation, the governor posited that he would not declare his assets publicly.
According to Fayose, “Former President Goodluck Jonathan and those who worked with him as well as PDP governors and leaders are now targets of harassment, and by this, the President is telling Nigerians that it does not pay to be honourable.
“Dr. Goodluck Jonathan was honourable enough to allow a peaceful transition and conceded victory to the President even though it was obvious that his victory was questionable. Visiting such a person and those who worked with him with persecution as being done now is no doubt a sad reminder of the reason we have many sit-tight leaders in Africa.
“While I am in total support of the fight against corruption, it is my opinion that corruption can neither be fought along political party lines nor through the media. What is being witnessed presently as fight against corruption is mere noise-making, witch-hunt and harassment of perceived political opponents of the president.
“This is more so that most of the political allies of the President and those who sponsored his election are also being accused of corruption and the president is looking the other way.
“Interestingly, some of those who worked with Dr. Goodluck Jonathan that the APC called thieves are now being appointed to manage the affairs of international organisations like the World Bank and African Development Bank.”