Group condemns Gov. Fayose’s advert on Buhari

Ayo Fayose, Ekiti state governor.

The Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room (Situation Room) has condemned the front page advertisement in select national newspapers on Monday, January 19, 2015, credited to Gov. Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State with the banner headline “Nigerians Be Warned’’.

The Situation Room is made up of CSOs working in support of credible and transparent elections in Nigeria and includes such groups as Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre (PLAC), CLEEN Foundation, Action Aid Nigeria, Centre for Democracy and Development, Enough is Enough Nigeria, Wangonet, Partners for Electoral Reform, Youth Initiative for Advocacy, Growth & Advancement (YIAGA), Development Dynamics, Human Rights Monitor, Election Monitor, Reclaim Naija, Institute for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, CITAD, CISLAC and several other CSOs numbering more than Sixty.

The group described the advertisement as being in extreme bad taste and falling within the category of hate speech prohibited under the Electoral Act and other known international laws that forbid the publication of hate speech.

According to the Situation Room, the advertisement negates the Abuja Accord recently signed by the presidential candidates and leaders of political parties for the elections.
The group advised politicians to be cautious in their campaign and conduct ahead of the February polls.

The group expressed disappointment that such a publication could emanate from a highly placed political office holder. It equally condemned newspapers for accepting to publish such advertisement in clear violation of their duty to promote national cohesion at a critical time in the life of the country.

The group reminded Governor Fayose and all other politicians that the constitutional requirements for running for the office of president are clearly stated under S.131 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended). And that the section provides that:

a person shall be qualified for election to the office of the President if –
(a) he is a citizen of Nigeria by birth;
(b) he has attained the age of forty years;
(c) he is a member of a political party and is sponsored by that political party;
and
(d) he has been educated up to at least School Certificate level or its equivalent.

Furthermore S. 95 of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended) prohibits this kind of intemperate and slanderous language and innuendo from being used as campaign tools.

In the advertisement, Gov. Fayose had stated:

“Nigerians be warned”
“Nigeria… “I have set before thee – Life and Death”.
“Therefore, choose Life that both thee and thy seed may live”.
“Will you allow history to repeat itself?”
“Enough of state burials”.
“Nigerians vote wisely”.
“Vote Goodluck Jonathan”.
“Northern Presidency should wait till 2019”.

The advertisement had included photographs of former Heads of States/Presidents of Northern origin, who had died in office and appeared to indicate that a similar fate awaits Muhammadu Buhari.


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  • Chuckwuebuka Alavavite

    Come on! It was a joke. A poor joke if one, but still. Everybody knows how old GMB is. Now that IBB’s joined force with him it looks like a retired dictator gentleman’s club. What Nigeria has ahead is actually so sad we might as well have a last giggle, before the right to mock aging despots is taken away – by an aging despot.

  • Emmanuel Gbadamosi

    Life is GEJ, Death is Buhari. Death is what he inflicted on the country when he was a dictator. Death is what he inflicted when he called for post-electoral violence when he lost in 2011. Death is what he will bring to the country if he’s ever elected.

  • Akinfenwa Mikel

    This is the exact type of thing that would lead to harsh government reprisals if Buhari is elected. I know I am right, just look at the way Buhari crushed freedoms as a dictator in the 1980s. He is a general, a warrior, a man of war that has no concept of governing during times of peace and democracy. He will bring the same aggression and fear-mongering to the citizens of Nigeria that he brought in his time as dictator. His vow to wipe out Boko Haram may come true but he will soon eliminate democratic freedoms in the same way!