The Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, has said he has his doubts over the reported release of 21 Chibok girls, saying the report may be another diversionary propaganda antics of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
It will be recalled that 21 out of the remaining 218 girls kidnapped from the Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State, were released on Thursday.
Fayose, in a statement by his Special Assistant on Public Communication and New Media, Lere Olayinka, said the claims could be another diversionary tactic of the Federal Government.
“Nigerians are no longer interested in the lies and make believes of the APC- led federal government. Rather, Nigerians want the economy fixed and food on their tables,” he said.
The governor however counseled Nigerians to wait to see the set of girls said to have been released before drawing any conclusion.
“As for me, I keep my fingers crossed on this reported release of 21 Chibok girls. This is because we were once told by this same government that one of the girls was released and the girl, who was supposed to be writing Physics WAEC examination then could not speak one sentence in English,” Mr. Fayose said.
“Again, it was reported yesterday that Boko Haram bombed Maiduguri, Borno State and killed more than 10 people. How the same Boko Haram insurgents that bombed Maiduguri yesterday could release 21 Chibok girls today is a question Nigerians must ask.
“Until proved otherwise, the story still appears like one of the diversionary tactics of the federal government.”
The governor, an unrepentant critic of the Buhari administration, said the federal government was trying to avoid the outcry created by the DSS arrest of judges by the Chibok girls story, insisting that the economy deserved better attention than propaganda.
“We have heard enough stories on corruption, the federal government should give Nigerians food. The people are suffering and their sufferings must be attended to by the federal government,” he said.
“Propaganda, cheap lies and diversionary tactics must give way for serious governance.”
By Timothy Enietan-Matthews
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