Fayose made the accusation in reaction to the statement credited to
the minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed, that looters
have resorted to burying stolen funds in their backyards, deep forests
and burial grounds. The governor in a release on Monday, April 17, by
his special assistant on public communications and new media, Lere
Olayinka, described the statement credited to the minister as absurd.
Fayose said: “Looters in the Muhammadu Buhari’s Presidency, especially
those being compensated for funding the election of the President in
2015 bury their own loots in the Villa with presidential protection.”
The governor asked: “Should it be wrong for other supposed looters
that do not have presidential protection like their All Progressives
Congress counterparts to bury their loots in burial grounds probably
for spiritual protection?” “Obviously, this so-called anti-corruption
war has become a laughing stock with N49 million found in Kaduna
Airport, N448 million discovered in a shop at Victoria Island, Lagos
and N13 billion found in Ikoyi, Lagos neither having owners nor the
identities of owners of the properties where the money was found
known,” he said. The governor suggested that the discovered funds
either belonged to members of Buhari’s government or it is being
planted by the government to sustain what he called its fake
anti-corruption fight in the minds of the people. “Enough of
stage-managed and fake anti-corruption war aimed solely at opposition
figures, especially presidential hopefuls in the 2019 election,” he
According to the governor, there were two different laws now being
operated in the country, with one law for the APC and those who decamp
to the party and the other for the opposition, especially those
perceived as having presidential ambition. He said: “The narrative
they push daily is that only those in their government are saint while
other Nigerians, including those in the National Assembly, Judiciary,
opposition politicians and the civil servants are rogues while only
Buhari’s appointees are saints. “To worsen matters, the cluelessness
of the APC government in the last two years has plunged the country
into debt without anything to show.”
Fayose said the cabals in the presidency are also taking advantage of
the president’s state of health to oppress Nigerians. “Nigerians must
therefore keep their eyes on the ball and not be carried away by the
orchestrated distractions aimed at preventing them from seeing how the
APC led government has failed woefully.”
The governor called on the international community to hold Nigeria
accountable on the recovered N13 billion cash found in a Ikoyi to
prevent the government from covering up the issue.
Meanwhile, the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers state has
given a 14 day ultimatum to Governor Nyesom Wike, Governor Ayodele
Fayose and Femi Fani-Kayode, to apologise to the minister of
transportation, Rotimi Amaechi for linking the Ikoyi $43m to the
The APC in a statement on Monday, April 17, by the state chairman, of
the party, Chief Davies Ibiamu Ikanya, described the accusation as an
attempt to tarnish the image of Amaechi because he collaborated with
other patriotic Nigerians to oust the PDP regime from power, The Punch
reports. The party maintained that apart from his Abuja residence, the
minister does not have any single plot of land in any part of the