The Governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayo Fayose, has described the sack of the Executive Secretary of the Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria (FRC), Mr. Jim Obazee, in connection with the implementation of the controversial Corporate Governance Code 2016 as an afterthought and cover-up to stem the tide of negative public reactions to the implementation of the controversial law that stripped the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye, and others of their positions.
In a statement released in Ado Ekiti on Tuesday and signed by the Governor’s Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Mr. Lere Olayinka, Governor Fayose said: “When they realised the implication of their action on President Mohammadu Buhari’s 2019 ambition, especially the personality like Pastor Adeboye that’s involved, they quickly sacked an innocent man who must have acted on instruction.
“It is clear that their attention is more on 2019, not on justice and any love for the sustenance of Christianity in Nigeria. Mind you, they have only suspended the implementation of the regulation, they did not abrogate it. It is obvious that they have an agenda. And if you look at the president’s pattern of life, he is a sectional leader, whose appointments reflect sectionalism and nepotism.”
The governor said it was funny that a president that is over 70 years will be the one to implement a regulation limiting the age of General Overseer (GO) of Churches to 70 years, asking: “If men of God like Pastor Adeboye, Pastor W. F. Kumuyi, Bishop David Oyedepo, Bishop Mike Okonkwo and others cannot be GO of their churches beyond 70 years of age, how do we now justify a man like President Buhari who is over 74 and still willing to be president beyond 2019 when he will be 77 years old?”
Fayose, who described those defending President Mohammadu Buhari by claiming that the law was made when Dr. Goodluck Jonathan was President as hypocrites, asked: “Even if the law was made before President Buhari assumed office, who is to blame for its implementation? Could President Buhari have implemented a law he does not believe in and could the sacked FRC boss that they have now used as the sacrificial lamb have implemented the law without the consent of the Presidency?”
The Ekiti Governor questioned the speed at which the President reacted by sacking the FRC boss. His words: “Why was there no such swiftness in his action on Southern Kaduna killings where a race was almost wiped out, with people killed like goats? Why didn’t the President react swiftly to the Senate indictment of the EFCC Acting Chairman, Ibrahim Magu?
“Obviously, it was an afterthought, which was aimed at dousing the negative outcry that greeted the action by using the sacked FRC boss as the fall-guy
“This has further made it very clear and evident that Buhari is not a leader, he is a ruler.
He is a religious apologist that believes that he must silence anybody that does not believe in his line of thought either politically or religious wise.
“Sadly, all those things that we have forgotten and never thought will happen again in this country are now happening. The country is now badly divided more than ever before.
“Nigerians have been able to read through President Buhari in this short time to realise that all he is doing now is to destroy this country like he did in 1984, but God will not allow him.”