Press statement from the Special Assistant to the Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose, on Public Communications
and New Media, Lere Olayinka
Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, on Wednesday declared that no pupil was abducted by Boko Haram from Government Girls Secondary
School, Chibok, Borno State. Over 200 pupils of the school were reportedly abducted in 2014 by the terror group. The governor said the report was politically motivated to influence public opinion
against the Goodluck Jonathan administration
ahead of the 2015 general elections.
Fayose spoke while declaring open a two-day workshop on
“Political Aspirants Capacity Enhancement” organised by
Women Arise for Change Initiative. It was organised for
women from Ekiti, Osun and Ondo states.
He said, “Today, many opposition leaders are underground.
I don’t think any of these girls is missing; it is a political
strategy. Who is fooling who? If you wanted to use it to remove some people, you have succeeded already. “I don’t
know if there are missing girls but no indication has shown
that. It is a political strategy, because I don’t think any girl is missing. If they are missing, let them find them.” The
governor also took a swipe at #BringBackOurGirls
campaigners, saying some of them are using it to look for
He lamented that human rights groups had decided to keep
quite since President Muhammadu Buhari came on board.
Fayose said, “I’m concerned about the activities of human
rights groups. Today the government of the day is obeying
court order of their choice, while human rights are not
respected. “We must talk about government providing
cover for criminals. You are now using that person to
harass innocent person. You will never have peace when
you hide justice.” He added, “Police came into town
yesterday (Tuesday) to arrest political opponents. If you
like, demonise me, I will demonise you. I don’t need the
police and the SSS (Department of State Services) to walk
in my state. It is when you are not popular that you walk
with police. “Any government that rises against me, that
government will come down. I’m Peter the rock. By
engaging me, you make me more popular and relevant and
then court sympathy. I’m one person that is going places.
That is why all these challenges are against me.” The
governor urged women seeking elective offices to be loyal
to their husbands.
The President of the initiative, Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin, said
the objective of the workshop was to enhance women
political participation and their inclusion in decision making
process by promoting female political aspirants and
appointees. She said it was to encourage a more massive
political mobilisation of women. She lamented that Nigerian
women had not fully involved themselves in politics,
despite the constitutional provisions giving them rights to