A Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere in Ekiti State, has called on Governor Ayodele Fayose to focus on resolving the problems facing his people rather than attacking President Muhammadu Buhari.
The group also called on the governor to find solution to the lingering fuel shortage in the state due to his dispute with the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, IPMAN.
The group’s statement on Wednesday, signed by its chairman, Yemi Alade, and Publicity Secretary, Biodun Akin-Fasae, said Ekiti people should embark on fervent prayers for God to intervene in the ongoing fuel crisis that had paralysed economic activities in the state.
The statement which was titled, “God, Heal Our Land”, lamented the scarcity of fuel unleashed on the citizenry by the governor’s face-off with petrol marketers.
It noted that the crisis could have been resolved by dialogue instead of resorting to strong arm tactics including the destruction of some filling stations by suspected thugs.
“It is shameful that Ekiti has become a butt of uncanny jokes and fast sliding to be a pariah among other states in Nigeria despite its God-given endowments,” the statement read.
“Currently the economic activities of the state has run berserk due to executive misapplication of strategic management of human and business relationship.
“Now, no one is sure of what happens next because of the misunderstanding between government and fuel marketers which has now degenerated into chaos.
“And this has been going on for two full weeks now and unfortunately, government is feeling comfortable and justifying its strategy by pulling down several of the fuel stations for flimsy excuse which not a few have interpreted as mere political vendetta and mere braggadocio on the part of the government.
“Our suggestion is that impunity to destroy economic livelihood of people should stop because we believe that no fuel marketer approved for himself the construction of any filling station.
“Government did. And if government would now change its mind, then a process of discussion and negotiation should be put in place rather than just breaking of the extant laws.
“This is what is called executive recklessness and this is very unacceptable. We wonder the whereabouts of Governor Ayo Fayose during the celebration of Democracy Day, a national activity.
“He was conspicuously absent from Ekiti for days only to resurface to abuse President Muhammadu Buhari requesting him to resign because of ill-health.”
The group also noted that Mr. Fayose degraded his office by his statement on the veracity of the Chibok girls’ release.
“Our governor is now a parrot who must talk at all times in and out of season; we believe that Mr. Governor should devote more time to think on how to move Ekiti forward instead of focusing and dissipating his energy on irrelevant issues,” Afenifere said.
“Afenifere also wish to sympathize with Ekiti workers that none of whom has received any salary this year, some since October 2016. And yet the governor feels unconcerned so far he can dole out a thousand Naira and a cup of rice to the famished workers in the name of his stomach infrastructure, which many have described as a fraud.”
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