The Executive Governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose has described President Muhammadu’s decision to visit some states where deaths and violence had been reported as a tactic for his re-election.
Fayose, who made the call through his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka said the people should not be deceived by the President’s sudden change of heart to visit them and shared “crocodile tears”.
The governor, who has always been an ardent critic of the Buhari’s led administration said Buhari has no compassion as he attended a function in Kano state while the parents of the 110 abducted schoolgirls were in anguish.
The President, through his media aide, Femi Adesina on Monday, informed Nigerians of his decision to visit Taraba, Benue, Zamfara, Yobe and Rivers states.
Fayose said Buhari’s visit to these states is to seek votes for his re-election in 2019 and not to sympathize with the people.
“On January 9 and 12, this year, 88 victims of herdsmen attacks were given mass burial in Taraba State. Also on January 11, 2018, another 73 persons killed by suspected Fulani herdsmen in Benue State were buried in a mass grave in Makurdi, the state capital.
“Meaning that in Taraba and Benue States alone, 161 Nigerians were given mass burial within three days! This never caught the attention of our President. Rather, it was a visit to Nasarawa, a neighboring State to Benue that was important to him.
“To further demonstrate his lack of compassion for Nigerians, while the entire nation, especially parents of the 110 abducted school girls in Dapchi, Yobe State are still in anguish, President Buhari went to Kano last Saturday to attend a social function, thus sparking negative reactions from Nigerians.
“Apparently, it was the negative reactions of Nigerians, especially on Social Media and the effects on the President’s reelection bid that necessitated his hurried visit to Taraba State today, and planned visits to Benue, Zamfara, Yobe and Rivers States.
“I am sure the people of Taraba State won’t be hoodwinked by the President’s cosmetic sympathy, show of concern and crocodile tears, which he never bordered to shed when hundreds of indigenes of the State were being killed by suspected herdsmen,” the governor said.”