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Monday, 15 August 2016

Ekiti State governor Fayose in a statement released on Sunday 14 August 2016, cited that the president Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government has run Nigeria's economy aground, suggesting that nepotism and favouritism have both aided the circumstances.

In a statement signed by his SSA on Media, Lere Olayinka, Fayose 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’s 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. 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.

"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 could have consequential 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.

"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. 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 Naira is still undergoing a free fall. One 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."
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