SAN FRANCISCO, March 13, (THEWILL) – The Governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose has advised President Muhammadu Buhari to reciprocate the mercy of God upon his life by showering mercy on his fellow citizens who are incarcerated.
Buhari, who was on a medical vacation to the United Kingdom for about 49 days, declared upon his return last Friday that he had never been this sick before.
Fayose, in a press statement issued in Ado-Ekiti on Monday by his chief press secretary, Idowu Adelowu, also advised the President to maintain the upbeat tempo of governance that he met on his return from London as well as the peace that pervaded the entire country.
He said, “While you were away, peace returned to the Niger Delta, impacting positively on crude oil production and sales.
“The economy also improved with the appreciation of the Naira. Now that you are back, it will not be right to put the country on the reverse gear again through some pig-headed policies and truculent, militarist posturing.”
The Governor requested Buhari to grant unconditional release to embattled former National Security Adviser, NSA, Sambo Dasuki, and the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu.
The statement reads, “You have received the mercy and favour of God. You have come back from medical vacation alive. By what people had said and by your own account, it is the mercy and favour of God that have seen you through as well as the prayers of everyone.
“It is incumbent on you to now also show mercy. I advise you to show mercy to Nnamdi Kanu and Sambo Dasuki and such other Nigerians that are suffering unjust, punitive, illegal, and unconstitutional incarceration under your directive or administration.
“Allow all those who have been granted bail by the court to enjoy their bail while their trial continues. This is the right, just, and merciful thing to do. To continue to disdain the court is reckless and unconstitutional. Moreover, it is a sin and it is oppressive.
“God is not happy at the oppression of the poor by the rich and of the weak by the strong. Those of us in authority must not use our God-given powers to oppress the citizens placed under our charge. Only righteousness exalts a nation, Sin is a reproach and God is continually angry with the wicked.
“It is wickedness to refuse to obey court orders and trample upon the constitutional and God-given, fundamental human rights of citizens,” he said.
Fayose further pointed out that for God to continue to hear and answer Nigerians’ prayers for Buhari’s quick and complete recovery, he must show himself merciful, stressing that “If we do not forgive, we ourselves will not get forgiveness.
“If we do not pardon, we will not get pardon. President Buhari should forgive so that Nigeria can move forward.”
The statement however condemned some Igbo leaders whom he said were playing politics with Kanu’s matter, adding that the continued incarceration of Kanu by the Buhari administration could be interpreted to mean hatred for the Igbo as a people.