Economic hardship caused by wrong leaders in power – Gov Fayose

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Ekiti State Governor, Ayo­dele Fayose, has attribut­ed the present economic hardship faced by Nige­rians under the All Progressives Congress (APC) administration of President Muhammadu Buha­ri to the presence of “wrong peo­ple in power.”
Fayose lamented yesterday that, “the country is in the hands of wrong managers who do not know what to do and out of nep­otism, are not ready to accept as­sistance from those who know.”
According to the governor, “At present, Nigerians are suffer­ing, hungry and angry because the APC-led Federal Government has run the country aground. Nigeria has gone beyond recession; the economy has collapsed complete­ly and painfully, those who should revive the economy do not have any clue as to what to do.”
In a press statement issued in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital on Sunday by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, the governor said Nigeria is experi­encing the worst form of nepo­tism in the history of government in the country.
He said: “Nepotism is the rea­son our President discarded com­petent people in his party that should be running the govern­ment with him and opted for his relatives, friends, in-laws and very close associates.
“The only qualification to hold key positions in the Presidency is to know a certain nephew of the President or be a member of his family, that is nepotism and what nepotism breeds is incompetence.
“The most influential person in the Presidency today is said to be one Mamman Daura, who is a nephew of the President. The Per­sonal Assistant to President Buha­ri is said to be the son of Mam­man Daura while the State Chief of Protocol is said to be married to Mamman Daura’s daughter.
“It is also the height of nepo­tism that apart from just two, all security chiefs and heads of all the paramilitary agencies in Ni­geria, as well as all the political heads overseeing all the military and paramilitary arms and agen­cies are from the North of Nige­ria,” the governor said.
He said President Buhari was obviously being tormented by fear of the unknown, which he de­scribed as the main reason peo­ple take to nepotism.
Fayose continued: “As a lead­er, you don’t need to fear anything. But the moment a leader peeps into the future, realising that his lack of capacity can have effects on him, such a leader will defi­nitely resort to nepotism to pro­tect himself.
“Also, the moment a govern­ment is unable to guarantee the ex­istence of the people, it must resort to nepotism to protect itself and that is exactly what is being wit­nessed in Nigeria, especially with the lopsided appointments of se­curity chiefs and key functionar­ies of the Federal Government,” he said.
While lamenting the parlous state of the country’s economy, Governor Fayose said: “Most of those people that aided the emer­gence of President Buhari must be having a rethink now, but it is too late!
“Interestingly, political affilia­tion has nothing to do with hun­ger, poverty and lack.
The ex­change rate was less than N200 to $1 when President Buhari took over power, as at today, it has gone beyond N400 to $1 and the Naira is still undergoing a free fall. A bag of rice was less than N8, 000 as at May 2016, it is now N20, 000. Ker­osene is now beyond the reach of the masses.
“Nigerians voted for change because the APC promised them solutions to the country’s prob­lems, but all we hear every day from the APC Federal Govern­ment are complaints upon com­plaints as if Nigerians elected a government of complaints.
“Obviously, the APC govern­ment has failed Nigerians and the President has resorted to putting his immediate family members and close associates in key govern­ment positions to protect himself from the fear of the unknown that has enveloped him,” he said.

– Authority

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