North-East youths under the umbrella of North-East Youth Peace and Development Empowerment Initiative, NEYPDI, have berated Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state over comments credited to him that over 300 Chibok girls abducted by Boko Haram sect were never abducted.
Alhaji Kyari Abubakar, President of the group, expressed surprise that somebody like Fayose who regarded himself as a democrat could make such statement to score a cheap political point. He said, “We are surprised that this statement is coming from someone who regards himself as a democrat, that statement suggest that he has no sympathy for the parents of the abducted girls and the pains they are currently passing through.”
Abubakar who advised Fayose to stop misleading Nigerians by his unsubstantiated comments urged him to take a trip to states like Borno, Adamawa, Yobe and see the extent of damages done by Boko Haram insurgency before reeling out information to the public.
He said, “He (Fayose) should not mislead the Nigerian public about the truth. The people of North-East cannot afford to tell lies on the abduction of their daughters, that incident is always fresh in our memory.
“His utterance is short of what we expect from an elder statesman like him. We advise him to concentrate on his poor governance of Ekiti state with his flamboyant city life and wastage of peoples’ resources.”
The youth leader urged civil society organizations campaigning for the release of Chibok girls to disregard Fayose’s statement and continue with their good works. “The North- East Youths will use this opportunity to thank civil society groups and socio-cultural organizations as well as the international bodies campaigning for the release of the Chibok girls.”
It would be recalled that Fayose in the statement described civil society organisations campaigning for the release of the abducted Chibok girls as mere opportunists and job seekers.
Abubakar, however, urged the Inspector General of Police, IGP Solomon Arase and other relevant authorities to caution Fayose who as a politician has lost morality and decorum engages in destructive criticsms just to be heard.