Wole Balogun, Ado Ekiti
For admitting that the economy of the country is in bad shape and that Nigerians should tighten their belts, the immediate past governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose has told President Muhammadu Buhari to resign and save Nigerians the agony of continuous rule by a clueless president.
Fayose, who spoke on Saturday, through his media aide, Lere Olayinka, said: “In saner climes, a leader, who admitted that he has failed and passed (a) vote of no confidence on himself won’t be seeking re-election; he will rather excuse himself and quietly return home.”
He likened President Buhari to a football coach, who kept boasting that he had the capacity to take a team out of the middle of the league table to the top three. And the coach eventually got the chance to manage the team three and half years ago only for the team to be relegated to division two in less than two years he took over. He wondered why the same man whom it is crystal clear will get team relegated to the division three the next season will be retained by the club owner.
The former governor said: “If after spending three and half years as president, you are still complaining that the economy is in bad shape, isn’t that a clear indictment on your own government? If by your own assessment, you have failed, shouldn’t you just excuse us?”
Fayose, who said it would be disastrous to entrust the lives of over 200 million Nigerians into the hands of a man who has come out to admit that he has failed, added that the choice before Nigerians was between a failed president and Atiku Abubakar, who had proved to be a better manager of his own private economy and had played prominent roles in the provision of several millions of direct and indirect jobs through the telecommunications industry.
“For a president who boasted that he would clear the North-East of the Boko Haram insurgents within three months and make life more meaningful for Nigerians, the signs that he must take a bow and return home are clear.
“Most importantly, when a president comes out to his people who have lost over 10 million jobs and are suffering (and says) that they should expect more hardship next year, such a president should be told in plain language that his time is up.”