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I wish Buhari had greeted me on my birthday, says Fayose



Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has said one of his
greatest wishes on his 57th birthday was to have woken up in
the morning to receive a congratulatory message from
President Muhammadu Buhari or read such message in the
media.
He said he expected the president as the father of the nation
to call him first as a governor and a leading opposition figure.
Fayose spoke to journalists at the Government’s House in
Ado-Ekiti.
“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 in it.”
Fayose said he deserved commendation from Buhari because
he was contributing to the vibrancy of democracy being the
opposition figure.
“I am not Buhari’s enemy. Opposition is the strength of
democracy, it ensures that the electorate get value for their
votes. Those who criticise your government are not your
enemies, they are catalysts to your growth as a government.”
The governor stated that he would celebrate his birthday with
artisans, Okada riders, market women and men, and people on
the streets.



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