By Fagbemi Opeyemi
Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has described President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit today to Taraba State and the planned visit to Benue, Yobe, Zamfara and Rivers State as a show of cosmetic sympathy, shedding of crocodile tears and an afterthought.
He made this known today through a statement issued by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka.
Governor Fayose said that President Buhari’s visit to those states was coming very belatedly. He said Buhari was only interested in his reelection and was merely making this trip now to seek votes after failing to sympathize with them for several months.
He also described President Buhari’s merrymaking in Kano over the weekend while terrorists were slaughtering defenceless citizens in the affected states as the height of cruelty.
Below are excerpts from the statement.
“On January 9 and 12, this year, 88 victims of herdsmen attacks were given mass burial in Taraba State. Also on January 11, 2018, another 73 persons killed by suspected Fulani herdsmen in Benue State were buried in a mass grave in Makurdi, the state capital.
“Meaning that in Taraba and Benue States alone, 161 Nigerians were given mass burial within three days! This never caught the attention of our President. Rather, it was a visit to Nasarawa, a neighboring State to Benue that was important to him.
“To further demonstrate his lack of compassion for Nigerians, while the entire nation, especially parents of the 110 abducted school girls in Dapchi, Yobe State are still in anguish, President Buhari went to Kano last Saturday to attend a social function, thus sparking negative reactions from Nigerians.
“Apparently, it was the negative reactions of Nigerians, especially on Social Media and the effects on the President’s reelection bid that necessitated his hurried visit to Taraba State today, and planned visits to Benue, Zamfara, Yobe and Rivers States.
“I am sure the people of Taraba State won’t be hoodwinked by the President’s cosmetic sympathy, show of concern and crocodile tears, which he never bordered to shed when hundreds of indigenes of the State were being killed by suspected herdsmen”.