*Urges Nigerians to pray for Buhari over nation’s challenges
By Ngozi Ekhator
Ekiti State governor, South-west Nigeria, Mr Ayodele Fayose, on Saturday challenged Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai mohammed, to relocate to Maiduguri or Damaturu (both in North-east of Nigeria) and move around the towns without heavy security if he was sure Boko Haram had been defeated as he had told Nigerians few days ago.
Fayose also called on Nigerians to pray especially for President Mohammadu Buhari; saying; “The President needs God to give him the necessary wisdom to be able to find solution to the country’s economic and security problems.”
Speaking through his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, Governor Fayose said: “Nigerians will only take the minister seriously if he relocates to either Sambisa in Borno State or Damaturu in Yobe State and stay there till the end of March, next year without heavy military security.
“To show their level of confusion, two days after the Minister of Information declared that Boko Haram had been defeated, President Buhari said the government would persuade Boko Haram to abandon their fight. One then wonders how the same Boko Haram insurgents Lai Mohammed said were already defeated will have to be persuaded to abandon their fight.
“Interestingly, the same Boko Haram that Lai Mohammed said had been defeated reportedly attacked Kimba village in Gur ward of Biu Local Government Area of Borno State yesterday night.
“Therefore, the Information Minister must show Nigerians how peaceful Borno and Yobe States have become after the defeat of Boko Haram by relocating to either Sambisa or Maiduguri.”
On the state of the nation’s economy, the governor said: “only God’s intervention can save Nigeria from the present economic and security problems as it is glaring that the man running the affairs of the country at the federal level does not have any answer to the problems.”
He also said: “Even the Holy Bible said in James 1:5 that if anyone lacks wisdom, he should ask God and as it is, Nigerians must assist the President in asking for wisdom and understanding to tackle the country’s economic and security problems before Nigeria is further plunged into more woes with the federal government’s decision to borrow N2.2 Trillion, which translates to N6.066 billion per day to finance the 2016 Budget.”
He described the Federal Government’s announced reduction of petrol pump price from N87 to N85 per litre as a continuation of the All Progressives Congress (APC) government’s governance by deceit, saying; “Even secondary school students of economics know that you cannot deregulate and regulate at the same time.”
The governor said; “it is only in a confused and clueless economy that government will plan to spend more when revenue has reduced by more than 50 percent.”
Governor Fayose, who maintained that petrol will not sell below N100 per litre in 2016, added that; “Even now that the price is N87 and subsidy is yet to be removed, Nigerians are buying at between N130 and N300 per litre. What will now happen when they remove subsidy and allow market forces to determine the price”, he queried.