Nigerians will not accept ‘Friday President’, Fayose tells Buhari
By Titus Agbo
Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has alleged that President Muhammadu Buhari functions as President only on Fridays. He told the President that Nigerians did not elect him to function a ceremonial and part-time President. Muhammadu Buhari.
The governor added that he was glad because his constructive criticism was getting to the President and his handlers, stressing that it was not enough for the President of a country like Nigeria to be seen in public only while attending Friday Jumat service at the Presidential Villa, videos of his activities should be made public too.
In a statement issued by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, the governor accused some close allies of the President of deliberately shielding him and preventing him from attending to his health so as to continue to run the government on the basis of “Mr President has directed” even when the President did not direct anything.
“That’s why Nigerians are told every day that the President said this and that with the President neither speaking directly nor attending any official function. This is not good for the image of a country like Nigeria that is struggling to get out of economic recession.
“However, it is doubtful if those cabals that are obviously running their own Presidency within President Buhari’s Presidency will allow him to take a long vacation, probably outside Nigeria to take care of himself.” The governor insisted that Nigerians must hear the voice of their President and see him physically, not through surrogates or the cabal operating behind the scene. “It is only when the President is seen and heard physically that Nigerians will believe that they are not being ruled by a part-time and ceremonial president, whose powers are being exercised on his behalf by some cabal,” he said.