Speaking at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) World Press Freedom Day lecture held on Tuesday, May 2, in Ibadan, Oyo State, Fayose said Buhari “being his grandfather” however does not stop him (Fayose) from criticising him (Buhari) when going in the wrong direction.
Fayose, who spoke on the topic “Journalism and Politics : Two Sides of A Coin,” said he will rather die than conceal the truth.
He said criticising the President is healthy for Nigeria and Nigerians to achieve economic and political development, noting that it would be dangerous for all to watch Buhari stray and keep quiet.
On the alleged illegal arrest and unending detention of Nigerians without evidence, Fayose said that it is against the rights of any citizen to be detained for several weeks without any proof.
The Governor pointed that his criticism of Buhari is not borne out of bitterness or hatred.
“I don’t abuse Buhari because he is my grandfather. But we all must not sleep and face the same direction in this country. The people voted for him because they wanted change and I agreed with that because we really needed change.
“They told Nigerians that when they get into power there will be no subsidy and there will be no queues again but today full subsidy and queues are here.
“In the last 12 months, Nigerians have never had it so bad. Most generators have been exhausted.”
Fayose is an ardent critic of Buhari, the All Progressives Congress (APC), and the activities and policies of the present administration.