The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has hailed the inaugural speech of President Muhammadu Buhari, describing it as a sign that the president is ready to serve all Nigerians, irrespective of political or sectional differences.
“The content of the president’s speech showed a man who is desirous of making a success of his administration,” Mr. Fayose said.
According to the statement issued by the governor’s spokesperson, Lere Olayinka, Mr. Fayose also praised the immediate past president, Goodluck Jonathan, saying he laid the foundation for democracy in Nigeria.
“Nigerians, including those who voted and did not vote for President Buhari were eagerly waiting for his inaugural speech,” Mr. Fayose said. “The speech, if followed in practice, shows that he is ready to govern Nigeria. It is a sign that the president is ready to live above board and lead a government that accommodates all.
“It is my prayer that the almighty Allah will grant our president the courage and wherewithal to make a success of his administration and further deepen democratic governance, especially in a confederation like Nigeria by sustaining rule of law.”
Mr. Fayose urged Mr. Buhari to make sure that his name was not used surreptitiously by anyone to intimidate the opposition. He said as the president of Nigeria, Mr. Buhari had the
constitutional duty to protect all Nigerians, irrespective of the political party they belong to.
While praising Mr. Jonathan for his love for peace and progress of the country, he said, “With what Dr. Goodluck Jonathan did, history will never forget him as the man who laid an enduring foundation for democracy in Nigeria.
“The event of today midwifed by Dr Jonathan and President Buhari proved to the whole world that the black people of Africa were capable of piloting their own affairs.”
Meanwhile, a lawyer, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, has described the speech as “illusory and vague”.
He said the speech was lacking in specific action plan.
“It is gratifying that General Buhari has vowed to tackle the rot in the power sector, even though he did not give any direction on how to do that. By and large, it is my view that the President has not addressed the real issues affecting our lives in Nigeria,” Mr. Adegboruwa said.
“It would seem that the President is still on the soap box, whereby promises and promises and intentions, are the order.
“For instance, the President did not say anything on his foreign policy directive, on issues relating to global warming and climate change, the violence in the Middle East and the general global economic downturn.
“Also, the President was silent on the mode of tackling corruption, which indeed has been the main thrust of his electioneering campaigns; he was silent on the collapsing aviation sector, he kept mute on the unpaid salaries of millions of workers across the land, the huge debts that the Jonathan administration has bequeathed to him and indeed the main means of generating revenue, to run his government, apart from oil.
“General Buhari gave no hint on the mode of reform of the judicial system and the administration of justice generally, the expected policy statement on NNPC did not come, and even the Boko Haram insurgency, to which the President devoted most of his speech, ended up in a policy disaster, of cause after effect; in that the President will only know the cause, origin and perspectives of the criminal organisation, only after he has succeeded in killing them all.”
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