The Governor of Ekiti, Mr Ayodele Fayose, has said he is not just an opposing figure, but someone who always tells Nigerians the truth.
Faulting the Federal Government on claims that the dreaded Boko Haram insurgents have been technically defeated and that government was clamping down heavily on perpetrators of the Southern Kaduna genocide, Fayose urged Nigerians to look at sequence of events in the country and juxtapose them with his comments and how things are turning out to be.
He made the remarks yesterday in Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State chapter, while fielding questions from reporters on local and national issues.
The governor, who cited the recent upsurge in insurgency despite claims by the military and the Federal Government that the terrorist group, Boko Haram, had been defeated, said he had told Nigerians that the FG was being economical with the truth.
“I do not want to be seen as an opposition figure, but a man who tells Nigerians the truth. You can place my predictions, comments and warnings side by side with happenings in the country and you would know I tell the truth and I do not mince words.
“Look at the Boko Haram issue. The Federal Government first said they have technically defeated the group, later they brought a flag to The Presidency saying Boko Haram has been utterly defeated, but look at what we are witnessing now. In as much as they are making some efforts, they are not telling us the truth.
“I can’t join them to lie. I say the truth and stand by it. Over 1000 people have been killed in Southern Kaduna, but what are they telling Nigerians? It is a pity that the military has been drafted into the lying game. They too are no longer saying the truth. If you look at the video clips sent from Southern Kaduna before the military clamped down on sending such videos out, you will know that we are having a terrible situation on hand.
“Hunger is unprecedented in the land. The economy is down and people are hiding under the guise of fighting corruption to hunt opposition figures. A government that can not make any impression in the first two years, I am afraid, may not be able to make any at all,” he said.
On his achievements in office, Fayose said he had raised the standard and that despite the huge debts left by his predecessor, the economic downturn, he had done what Napoleon might not be able to do.
He added that various projects had been executed, while some are ongoing and gave the assurance that he would not leave any project uncompleted.
“We are now at the stage of completing legacy projects such as the flyover, the new Governor’s Office, High Court Complex, the new Ojaba Market, the last phase of the dualisation of Ado-Ikere Road among others. I thank the people of the state for their support and cooperation. They are the denominators. They gave me resounding victory over the opposition in 2014 and it what they say that matters, not the ranting of the opposition,” he noted.