Kamarudeen Ogundele, Ado Ekiti
Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, on Monday condemned the All Progressives Congress-led Federal Government for abolishing the middle class in Nigeria by bringing untold hardship on the people.
The governor, who turned 56 years on Tuesday, declared solidarity for the “people who are suffering and lacking the basic necessities of life at a level never seen before in this country.”
He blamed the situation largely on the incompetence of the APC-led Federal Government.
Fayose, who also declared fasting on his birthday, said celebrating the day would be meaningless, considering the plight of Nigerians and the bare-faced deceit of the people by those who promised them better life.
He stated these in a statement entitled, “I stand for Nigeria”, which he issued on Monday in Ado Ekiti in commemoration of his 56th-year-birthday.
Fayose said, “I dedicate this birthday to the desperately poor, the poor, and the once vibrant middle class Nigerians that have now been reduced to an unprecedented level of marginalisation, untold suffering and virtual nothingness.
“I use this occasion to solidarise with our people who are suffering and lacking the basic necessities of life at a level never seen before in this country,
“It will make no meaning for me to be celebrating birthday in the face of the muzzling, arm-twisting, ridiculing and blackmailing of the judiciary, legislature and the opposition in the name of anti-corruption war. When a democratically elected government embarks on a systematic efforts to kill the opposition, legislature and subjugate the judiciary, it is no time for lovers of democracy like myself to pick samba and tambourine to celebrate birthday.
“Rather than wine and dine, which, usually, is the hallmark of birthday celebrations, I shall spend today, fasting, meditating and praying to God that He should graciously and mercifully intervene in the affairs of our great country, Nigeria, which, regrettably, has been laid prostrate by this clueless, fumbling and wobbling administration.”
Stating that Nigeria was experiencing unusual times, the governor – a member of the Peoples Democratic Party – said he would use his birthday to solidarise “with the suffering people of Nigeria.”
“I pitch my tent with you, I stand with you, by you, and for you. I shall never be tired of speaking for you.
“When they call me the unofficial leader of opposition, they, in their own warped understanding and pervert thinking, seek to disparage me.”
Throwing jibes at the ruling APC, Fayose said he considered it a mark of honour to be the recognised mouthpiece of the suffering Nigerians.
“I accept this title as a great privilege and call to duty, which I considered sacred.
“On this day, I rededicate myself to this patriotic and God-assigned duty and responsibility with unwavering commitment and renewed strength, vigor, and vitality.
“I say to the people of Nigeria, we shall be great again. These perilous times shall pass and together, we shall bring back the glory and greatness of our country and people.
“Together, we shall take back our country from the wanton troopers riding roughshod over it at the moment, God with us. I shall never let you down.”
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