Governor Ayodele Fayose has stated how disappointed he felt over the failure of President Buhari to congratulate him as he clocked 57 yesterday.
While speaking to journalists at the Government’s House in Ado-Ekiti, he said he wished the President had either put a call through to him to congratulate him or greet him via the media as a vibrant opposition and not just to his party members.
He however noted that he is no foe to the president but expressing an opposition which is viable for Nigeria’s democracy.
“My wishes on my 57th birthday as Ayo Fayose are many but one of them which will interest you is that I wish President Buhari’s congratulatory call would have woken me up today as one of the governors in the country and as a leading opposition figure in the country: a fearless young man who believes that things should be done rightly.
“I expect the president to show himself as a father of all, preaching that we must extend love to everybody – not only those in his political party.
“The president would have made a difference if he had extended such gesture to others beyond his political party. Such a congratulatory message should have been conveyed through his Minister of Information (Lai Muhammad). I would have loved to either wake up receiving a congratulatory call from him or read it in the papers. But since it is not coming, it is not a big deal to me and I take no offence on it.”
“I am not Buhari’s enemy. Opposition is the strength of democracy, it ensures that the electorates get value for their votes. Those who criticise your government are not your enemies, they are catalysts to your growth as a government”, Fayose mentioned.