Kamarudeen Ogundele, Ado Ekiti
The All Progressives Congress in Ekiti State has praised President Muhammadu Buhari over the release of 21 of the Chibok girls abducted by Boko Haram insurgents in Borno State two years ago.
The party also commended the Nigerian armed forces, the international community and other non-governmental institutions, especially the Bring Back Our Girls Group for their persistent roles in the rescue of the Chibok girls.
It said the feat was a fulfilment of Buhari’s campaign promise to secure the release of the girls and reunite them with their families.
In a statement in Ado Ekiti on Monday, the state APC Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatunbosun, urged the president to also ignore Governor Ayodele Fayose’s comments on the abduction of the girls, saying “the governor is on his own in his reckless criticisms of the Federal Government over fears of repercussions on his ceaseless infractions on the law.”
Fayose, who had in the past expressed doubt on whether the girls were really abducted, said the Federal Government’s claim on their rescue was a distraction from the harsh economic reality in the country.
Olatunbisun while berating Fayose for choosing to make himself a “lone enemy” of the President, said “It is unfortunate that the governor of a state known for decency and honour could utter such a horrible statement over a very sensitive national issue that borders on the lives of young school girls whose parents have been in agony in the last two years.”
“Nigerians know that Fayose is a reckless talkative who plays politics with everything and anything but never in their imagination think he can be so heartless to say the girls were not missing.
“Now that the 21 girls were shown live on TV being reunited with their parents in an emotional ceremony, will Fayose still say it was stage-managed?
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