Chibok girls: How Gov Fayose became the biggest April fool of the century

2 Apr 2016

Chibok girls: How Gov Fayose became the biggest April fool of the century


Editor’s note: Some Nigerians admire Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti state for his constant criticisms of the Muhammadu Buhari led administration. But following his recent comments that the abduction of the Chibok school girls by Boko Haram was not true, editor, Kess Ewubare explains why Nigerians should not accord Fayose attention.

Ayodele Fayose
Ayodele Fayose

Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti state has said the abduction of the Chibok school girls by Boko Haram was as a political gimmick to pull down the Jonathan administration.

Fayose’s unending tantrums

Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti state has in recent times gained popularity for his cynic criticisms of the Muhammadu Buhari administration than being a performing governor. It seems Fayose has relegated governance to the background by focusing his energy on the federal government, and criticizing the APC- led administration for whatever reason he deems fit, be it imaginative or otherwise.

The Ekiti state governor has also gained the admiration of some irrational followers who see him as a bold spokesperson for the opposition who is always on standby to ditch it to the administration at any given time.In fact, the governor is known to have critised President Buhari for everything one can think of, from the economy, to the president’s travels, the nation’s security, fuel scarcity, INEC elections and the preaching of divine anger on the president, the list is endless. What remains for the governor to criticise is what Buhari eats or wears.

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Although Ayo Fayose has every right to comment on national issues, but recent utterances and actions of the governor suggests he is more interested in hearing himself talk or heating up the already charged polity. What is amusing is that since the Ekiti state governor began criticising the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration, he has stopped short of proffering or coming up with practical solutions that will bring development to the country.

A wailing wailer

Like one of the so-called wailing wailers, it is regrettable that Fayose cannot separate his personal views as a man constantly at war with Nigerians for voting out the last administration of Goodluck Jonathan. His blind quest to see the current administration fail by all means has made him open his mouth and gush out insensible utterances that made him the biggest April fool of the century, after he described the abduction of the Chibok schoolgirls as a political stunt to vote out former president Goodluck Jonathan.

Hear him: “Today, many opposition leaders are underground. I don’t think any of these girls is missing; it is a political strategy. Who is fooling who? If you wanted to use it to remove some people, you have succeeded already.

“I don’t know if there are missing girls but no indication has shown that. It is a political strategy, because I don’t think any girl is missing. If they are missing, let them find them,” Fayose said on Wednesday March 30, during the opening of a two-day workshop on “Political Aspirants Capacity Enhancement” organised by Women Arise for Change Initiative.

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The abduction of over 200 Chibok school girls by Boko Haram militants in 2014 was one of the most reported news stories in world at the time. To hear a sitting governor of a state in Nigeria remain in denial of the abduction saga and suggest that the abduction of the girls was a political strategy to influence public opinion against the Goodluck Jonathan administration ahead of the 2015 general elections is indeed shameful.

Fayose, Wike are political mistakes

Fayose’s insensitive comments coming after Boko Haram group had shown the video of the girls in captivity, a global outrage that trailed the abduction and after former President Jonathan later admitted that the schoolgirls were kidnapped, shows that the governor is a political jobber who has nothing to offer.

The fact that the governor chose to play politics with the issue of the missing girls depicts Fayose as a politician who knows no shame.

His unguarded utterances is a reflection of how debased our political system has become. With governors like Nyesom Wike and Fayose holding reigns in Rivers and Ekiti states, it is clear that something is wrong with how our political leaders emerge.

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From the way things are going, one doesn’t need a crystal ball to tell that Governor Fayose’s administration in Ekiti will be one of the worst things that has happened to that state. He has little or nothing to offer and nothing good can come out of Ekiti as long as Fayose is there. Out of nothing comes nothing. You cannot give what you do not have.

The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily represent the editorial policy of


News Source: NAIJ, 9jaTales

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