Listen to Nigerians, There’s Too Much Hunger in the Country, Fayose Tells Buhari


Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has called on President
Mohammadu Buhari to listen to the cries of Nigerians and stop seeing
those with opinions different from his own as threats to his hold on
power, saying; “The reality our President must face now is that there
is too much hunger in the land, Nigerians are hungry, they are
suffering and the President should rather  listen to those who are
more knowledgeable than him in terms of management of the country’s
economy instead of seeing them as threats.”

The governor, who said reactions of the President and his men to
divergent opinions had become predictable, added that; “this style of
sending the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC),
Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission
(ICPC), Department of State Services (DSS) and other agencies of the
federal government against anyone that offers suggestions on how to
rescue the country from total collapse is not in the best interest of
Nigeria and its suffering masses.”

According to a statement issued in Ado-Ekiti on Wednesday by his
Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere
Olayinka, the governor said President Buhari should realise that “a
nation of hungry people is a nation of angry people” and seek help
from economic experts in the country, not minding their political,
religious and ethnic affiliations.”

Governor Fayose, who particularly singled out the two former Central
Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governors; Emir of Kano, Alhaji Sanusi Lamido
Sanusi and Prof. Charles Soludo, who spoke at different fora last
week, said; “Instead of adopting the usual style of trying to silence
them with EFCC or ICPC, the President should listen to them and take
their advice on board because they are expert in economic matters.”

He said; “It is no longer about politics. Rather, it is about
preventing hunger from exterminating Nigerians and I am sure that the
president himself knows that hunger does not understand political

“A bag of rice that was less than N8,000 when President Buhari assumed
office is now over N20,000! How can a civil servant that is earning
N18, 000 minimum wage survive when his monthly salary cannot buy one
bag of rice?

“Even basic drugs and medicare are getting out the reach of the common
people and the resultant effect of this will be avoidable deaths!

“As at today, a bag of cement is N2, 200, increment of N600 on one bag
in just one day. Within four months, exchange rate rose with more than
150 percent, with dollar that was a little above N200 then, now more
than N400.

“The harsh reality is that a Nigerian whose income was N100,000 per
month in 2015 and still earning the same N100,000 now is actually
earning less than N40,000 because what he could buy with N100,000 then
cannot be bought with N200,000 now.

“This is the worst time for parents whose children and wards will be
going back to school in September. How to pay school fees is causing
depression for a lot of parents in just over a year of the Buhari’s

“All these are signs that President Buhari needs help from those who
can assist the country to avert this imminent economic collapse and he
should not be ashamed to consult even those who ran the economy under
the PDP government of Dr Goodluck Jonathan because it appears that
things were better then than now.

“Therefore, rather than preoccupying himself with newspaper cartoons,
our President should listen to suggestions being offered by Nigerians
on ways to bring the country’s economy out of recession that it is