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Fayose must stop unguarded utterances — Ex-minister

The immediate past minister of National Planning, Dr. Abubakar Sulaiman, has faulted the comment credited to Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State who said President…

The immediate past minister of National Planning, Dr. Abubakar Sulaiman, has faulted the comment credited to Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State who said President Muhammadu Buhari was trying to Islamise the country, describing it as an unguarded utterance.
Fayose had during a thanksgiving and victory celebration of Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, reportedly criticised the president’s visit to Saudi Arabia, alongside five other governors.
The former minster said  Fayose’s statement did not represent  the opinion of most PDP members.
In a statement made available to our correspondent, Sulaiman emphasised that the visit was not enough to suggest the president wanted to Islamise Nigeria.
The statement read: “The above statement credited to Governor Ayo Fayose should be seen as a misguided utterance and not a true reflection of the perceptions of most members of our party.
“Not only is it capable of heightening the centrifugal tendencies in our country, such statement could be counter-productive to the reform agenda being driven by some patriotic elements in our party.
“The mere visit by the president and some government functionaries is not enough to suggest an attempt to Islamise the nation. Any divisive statement from any leader  of our party is condemnable and not in the best interest of Nigeria,” he said.
 

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