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Fayose dares Buhari to bar him from travelling abroad

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   ——Says “Governors not President’s appendages”

Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State, on Monday, dared the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government to carry out the alleged plot of preventing him from travelling out of the country , saying, “under the federal system of government, State governors are not appendages of the President and as a leading opposition figure in Nigeria, I can’t be cowed by President Muhammadu Buhari and his agents.”

The governor, who reacted to reports that two governors, one from the Southwest and another from the South South have been placed on travel restriction on President Buhari’s order, in a press conference addressed by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, said; whenever he wished to travel out Nigeria, he will do so in the full glare of the public.

He said: “I am not surprised or disappointed by this latest plot of the Buhari’s government because the President Buhari that we know is a man without any atom of respect for the rights of Nigerians as enshrined in the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights and this he demonstrated as a military dictator and now demonstrating as a democratically elected president.”

The governor said he was however amazed that “this dangerous dimension of compelling a sitting governor that enjoys Constitutional Immunity like the President to obtain clearance from the Director General of the Department of State Service (DSS) before travelling out of Nigeria can ever be contemplated.”

He said President Buhari and his agents should be mindful of the fact that under a federal system of government, the states and national government both enjoy some autonomy, with sovereign power formally divided between the national government and the States such that each State retains some degree of control over its internal affairs.

Olayinka, who was flanked by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Idowu Adelusi said; “Few days ago, when Governor Ayodele Fayose was reliably informed that President Muhammadu Buhari had directed that he should be banned from traveling outside Nigeria, he simply took the information as mere rumour, concluding that disrespect for the constitution of Nigeria and Buhari’s dictatorship would not be extended to the most ridiculous level of preventing a governor elected just as the president from traveling out of the country.

“The thinking of Governor Fayose was that even though the Buhari’s presidency was capable of even attempting to prevent those opposed to the President from breathing the air, it must still be sane enough to be conscious of the consequences of placing any Nigerian under travel ban without an order of the court, not to talk of a sitting governor that enjoys constitutional immunity like the President.

“However, when we read the story titled; “2 govs under watch, face travel ban” published on Sunday by two major national dailies, we have no option than to once again alert the public on President Buhari’s new dictatorial plot to infringe on the constitutional rights of Governor Fayose just because of his critical position on the President’s dictatorial tendencies.

“The question is; if Governor Fayose has become a threat to the security of Nigeria just because he criticises President Buhari and says the truth about his mis-governance of the country, is this not a confirmation that the President hates dissenting views?

“Section 35 (1) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) provides that; “Every person shall be entitled to his personal liberty and no person shall be deprived of such liberty,” while Section 41 (1) provides that “Every citizen of Nigeria is entitled to move freely throughout Nigeria and to reside in any part thereof, and no citizen of Nigeria shall be expelled from Nigeria or refused entry thereto or exit therefrom.”

“Article 13 (1) of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to which Nigeria is a signatory provides that ‘Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the border of each State’ while Article 13 (2) provides that ‘Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and return to his country,’ ditto Article 12 (2) of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights.

“President Buhari and his agents should also be mindful of the fact that under a federal system of government, the states and national government both enjoy some autonomy, with sovereign power formally divided between the national government and the States such that each State retains some degree of control over its internal affairs.

“Therefore, the President of Nigeria cannot lord himself over any State governor and President Buhari and his agents should accept this basic reality and stop behaving as if they own Nigeria in totality.

“President Buhari and his agents, especially his kinsman; Alhaji Lawal Daura of the DSS need to purge themselves of this blood of dictatorship running in their veins and be guided by the Constitution of Nigeria.

“Even ordinary Nigerians do not require clearance from the DSS or any security agency to travel outside Nigeria unless travel restriction is placed by an order of the court, not to talk of State Governors that enjoy immunity just like the President and are not under the control of the President.

“The president and his agents should know that this is not 1984 when General Buhari, as a military dictator prevented late Chief Obafemi Awolowo from travelling outside Nigeria for medical treatment, thereby leading to his (Awolowo) untimely death in 1987!

“They should also be reminded that the same way Buhari humiliated the late Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade; late Emir of Kano Alhaji Ado Bayero and late Obi of Onitsha, Ofala Akulalia Alphonsus Ogugua in 1984 by seizing their passports and restricting them to their palaces just because they travelled to Israel for business, he cannot restrict State governors from travelling outside Nigeria under whatever guise.

“I therefore wish to state on behalf of Governor Ayodele Fayose that as an opposition figure, he cannot be cowed by this pettiness from the presidency. Governor Fayose, by this press conference is daring President Buhari and his anti-democratic agents to carry out this evil and shameful plot and let us all see how far it will take them.

“Anytime Governor Fayose wishes to travel out of Nigeria, he will do so in the full glare of the public and we await how he will be prevented from exercising his rights as enshrined in the 1999 Constitution (as amended) as well as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights.

“We also wish to inform the President and his DSS men that as they were disgraced when they invaded Ekiti State House of Assembly, arresting members of the House indiscriminately, they will be put to shame this time too.

“Also, the National Assembly is being alerted of this new threat to the Constitution of Nigeria by those who swore to protect it. Members of the National Assembly should by now begin to imagine what will be their fate if attempt is now being made to place travel restriction on State Governors.

“It is our considered view that President Buhari should rather concern himself with the growing insecurity in the country and charge the security agencies, especially the DSS to perform their functions as enshrined in the constitution instead of running after petty issues.

“The President should focus his attention on the economy of Nigeria that is almost collapsing and stop using his position to oppress other Nigerians. He should know that Nigerians are only interested in having food on their tables, not the number of people their President hounds into detention or oppress with his powers.”

About Charles Igbinidu

Charles Igbinidu is a Public Relations practitioner in Lagos, Nigeria

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  1. I think by now Governor Fayose should allow the sleeping Dog to sleep. If you are insulting an elder and he doesn’t,t reply u, its better u forget whatever wrong he done u and forgive. God forgives, and we must forgive .

  2. Is is a crime for buari to contest and won? Buari is the chief security officers of the nation, likewise Fayose is the chief security officers of ur state, but one is more superior than others. For instance no local govt chairman or chairmen can claim to be more superior than the govnors in the state, that’s the reality.

    • Babatunde ! U the so called Yorubas are hated becos you are tribal bigot. Simply put, Yoruba means tribalism. Was GEJ office not superior to that of Amaechi, fashola, kwonkwoso & co ? U people don’t have confidence in yourself so, u rely on the Jehadist to take advantage of them because Ibos are too wise.

    • Read d article n stop saying nonsense

    • U people have mouth shaking disease, who is talkin about tribe here? All of us cant sleep and put heads in d same direction. And besides, u people shld stop creating enemity unto whoever dats nt in the same page wt u, when has Fayose becomes ur brother? Politicle nonsense. What has yoruba got to do with fayose’s protocol and security breaches?

    • Musa Egaga,going through your contributions to issues on your walI, I wish to offer a CANDID advice to you. “SILENCE can be very golden for a WISE person” GOD bless you

  3. Too much talk,and he talk himself out of relevance.. Nobody listens when he speaks anymore..At time i wonder weather he is a true YORUBA man.. Bcus i know the respect elders..

  4. Crater him to psychiatric hospital b4 taking off

  5. All yoruba’s are cowards. When u see some one saying the truth u ewura don’t like it

  6. Being superior or not does not prevent u from saying the truth

  7. Forgiveness? Before u forgive some one that wrongs u, the person has to be sorry for what he or she has done

  8. We are not under military regime, but democracy PMB has no right to stop him from traveling as long as he did not commit any crime. Under GEJ no body was detained or ban from traveling despite that he was most abuse president in the world., please. PMB should know that this is democracy and not military regime

  9. If you insult and cast aspersions on someone for close to a year and the person has not found you worthy of response will it not be better to keep quiet? I hope the good people of Ekiti can prevail on this man to show some respect if for age difference

  10. @ O B Amos. but d constitution is superior to all including d president

  11. Fayose should learn from ffk and Olise Metu. Freedom of speech but one should know the limitations of this freedom. Fayose should know that he is not the only Gov representing the PDP as opposing party in this administration. He has not done what ffk and Olise Metu has done but they are regretting their utterances today .

  12. Fayose didn’t know that everybody knows he has problem and this will push him into trouble one day.

  13. Then we are in authocaties and not democracy, Nigeria is finished

  14. Wy pple complain on dis man comment to buhari, are nt are awy of amechie insult goodluck

  15. This is one of the features of democracy. Let the man be. Fayose is the only opposition I have seen in this political dispensation. If you like remain quiet in fear and die in silence. This man is the voice of the voiceless. If things are going the the odd way, some one must be there to call them to order. Carry go your excellency.

  16. Can dis foolish idiot president turn his self to God? time will tell.

    • They forgot to pray for you during your naming ceremony. I they only paid attention to the drinks that is why you don’t know how to show respect. From your picture you look young and you have a long way to go. Tell your parents someone asked you to respect and not insult elders.

  17. A radio presenter from pH branch of info FM,was arrested by DSS someday back for his phone in program which the new govt does not like.fellow Nigerians this is not democtacy

  18. Respect they insinuate is reciprocal. How many times should i chant My Father! My Father!! He doesn’t pay attention. The option is tell outsiders to convey my message. An African adage says Leave a Mad Man to his Wisdom. When herdsmen attacked ikole ekiti…Did any of you lend a voice? am i the only one feeling the flames of the shrunk economy? Yar’Adua 1st Pass mark was obedience to court orders which he passed on.

    Since independence,we have had dictators,down till the 90’s. Where & How did it go for the highest of them? A word is even too much!!!

  19. Its democracy in action, but do you know that a lot of those in power still abuse GEJ till tomorrow, and that includes the presidency?

  20. my able Govt continue he has no right oh as far as democracy is concerned and d consistution abhors it,now continue it ur fundamental human right to express itself the era of military impunity is gone forever and can never come under any guise

  21. To all ibo where was your biafra during GEJ Era, let’s stop this tribalism and to fayose can someone tell him to stop running his mouth and focus on developing ekiti state. One Nigeria

  22. You are correct 100percent.

  23. I wish u two in these contraption….

  24. Olofin babatunde Amos…. When elderly sees black and call it black u know it’s injustice…? At ur age.,. Again I see u as educated person…. Why are taking sides with evil… Constitutionally, u know that is not done…? Or u are taking sides because u ar an APC… Any government that does not tolerate opposition is dictator. Check d kind abuses of human right we have in this one year…. Is it democratic? I know u know d truth but just being sentimental….

  25. YORUBA LEADER SHOULD CAUTION HIM BEFORE THIN GO OUT OF HANDS

  26. Buhari is Mumu coworld imbecile during GEJ all of una dey clap for Ameachi but mumubuhari now na saint up up fayosi

  27. Fayose problem is just because no Army 4 him to use during election again, it’s culprits :Obanikoro Omishore, Caleb etc are still on d run. People should pls bear wit Fayose. Am not against criticism of Buhari government. It will help Buhari to sit well, but it should b objective. Govt fayose has made Buhari is object forgetting Ekiti workers salary 4 many months. A very big hypocrite Fayose. C WHAT Cross Rivers, Abia governor are doing well in spite of d challenges. I respect Gov Silver too. Pls, let’s speak when necessary ND keep quiet when necessary too.
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  28. @lasisilaolu. What are you trying to say here? That Fayose should postrate before the president? For whatever reason he is never his appendage nor his servant besides governors should rise up to the challenge of our time. However they have immunity likewise PMB so i cant see your point here.

  29. Not small cowards yoruba’s you guys better leave biafran’s alone enough is enough tell fulani brothers as well to leave us alone

  30. FAYOSE NA YOU BE THE MAN.
    ONE MAN SQUARED.
    NO MAN CAN STOP YOU.
    THEY DONT HAVE THE POWER

  31. They must stop you so as to prevent that ugly China e

  32. Dare him has u like my mentor,the immunity tht cover him also covered u he has no rght to bare u frm any trip u want to emback on around the world.

  33. I don’t know y most yorubas always critisize Fayose..Fayose is not a coward like every other yorubas.

    • Even though I knew your names were fake, you must be an insane man calling Yoruba’s a coward. Your upbringing must have telling on you but you lack home training. I hope your parents fails in their duty to bring you up in a proper and respectful manner or they tried doing that but you got lost on transits. Fayose or people like your type are lunatics suffering from brain depression and need to be wheel down to Aro in Abeokuta for proper treatment. Be very careful and always watch what you say to others mr fool

    • @bashirun adesimbo kilo shey oruokpe,u coward yoruba that reason wit he’s Anus

  34. fayose it will b better u stop working as a governor under this man becos i beleived u dnt want to work with him it will better u step down my broda becos other country they step down and stop been an hero

  35. okada boy pls respect the president i dnt care were u come frm

  36. ekiti work is enough for u too face and stop bringing wahalla pomo buyer

  37. u are an idiot to say such a thing. Have u 4 gotten that u are talking to the commander in chief??????

  38. Dis baba sef,na military rule,d man dnt jos 1 critism,baba tke it easy naw na democrati an opositn exist d worst of it baba u d 4k up 2much.

  39. Ok let fayose pack his bag and baggage and head for any Airport of his choice in Nigeria today and damn the consequence! Then and only then he’ll know that power l’oke ju ti aarin(State) lo!

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