Ayo Fayose, Ekiti State Governor, has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of being the architect of the current feud between the Northerners and Igbos residing in the region. Fayose, while speaking in a meeting with members of the Conference of Ekiti State Private Sectors, said the President’s inauguration speech had caused the crisis. He said Buhari’s declaration that his government would only favour the regions that voted massively for him in the 2015 general elections had caused the current cries of marginalisation by the south-easterners.
“How can a President that was just sworn-in after a tension-soaked election be saying that any section that didn’t vote for him won’t benefit from his appointments?
“By implication, such President was openly giving room for sectionalism and that was exactly what President Buhari did after the election. We could all confirm that Nigeria has never been this divided in history.
“Every Nigerian knew that the people of the southeast didn’t vote for him, so that automatically gave that Northern groups to have the effrontery to order Igbos out of their region. When a leader speaks like that, something like this is bound to happen.
“We can’t deny the fact that the problem has gone so deep in dividing us. But it is not beyond solution. The leaders from Southeast and the North should sit down and iron out their differences in the interest of everybody”, he said.
He, however, commended Acting President Osinbajo for making moves to settle the crisis by meeting with leaders of both regions.