27 March 2016

Nigeria: Fayose - Buhari's Apologies Not Enough Atonement for Flawed Elections, Policies

Following violence that marred the conduct of elections in some states recently, Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, has admonished President Muhammadu Buhari to go beyond apologising to Nigerians for some flawed policies and miscalculated steps his administration has taken since assuming office.

The governor also urged the President to stop seeing himself as a sectional leader or the president of the All Progressives Congress (APC), but as the leader of all groups and people of the country.

According to a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Idowu Adelusi, inAdo Ekiti on Sunday, Fayose commended the President for coming out to admit some errors his government had made. The governor also said the President should be wary of some selfish persons in the APC who were bent on dropping his name to commit atrocities all in the name of politics. "This is a moment of truth. I commend the president for being bold enough to apologise for his lapses. He has come out to admit and accept that criticism is part of democracy. He can do whatever he likes, but it must be within the ambit of the law.

"The President has swallowed his pride by admitting that there is a sharp drop in electricity and that we are experiencing an agonising fuel scarcity in the country. They told us the refineries are working, but that is a lie, we are still importing fuel. "The President must not, however, stop at apologising. He cannot continue to apologise over everything, he must step up. A leader must think very well before making policy statements.

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