Governor Ayodele Fayose, on Thursday berated the Department of State Service (DSS) for recording private telephone conversations of Nigerians seen as critical of President Muhammadu Buhari’s All Progressives Congress (APC) government and leaking same to Sahara Reporters, which has now become the official propaganda platform of the administration.
The governor, while reacting to his telephone conversation with Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike that was published by Sahara Reporters earlier in the day, said he was not bothered by the new sinister antic of the federal government, instead of providing “food for Nigerians and save the lives of those that are being killed in Southern Kaduna and other places.”
In a statement by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, the governor said: “If the President and his hatchet men in the DSS, EFCC and other federal government agencies do not know what to do other than to record phone conversations of their perceived political foes, they should just resign and save the country from this harrowing experience.”
He said it was obviously that they were being threatened by the complimentary comments of notable Nigerians like Pastor Enoch Adeboye, Pastor Williams Kumuyi, Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi and others about him, because those comments negate the cabal’s evil intentions.
The governor described the DSS recording telephone conversations of Nigerians and leaking them to Sahara Reporters as the height of political rascality, manipulation, oppression, suppression and irresponsibility by agents of the federal government that are trying so hard to cover up the crimes they perpetrated against the people of Rivers State.
“They should even go beyond taping of my lines and come to live with me in Ekiti government house so that they can do per seconds live recordings of whatever I say because in the year 2017, by the grace of God, I will still say more without apology,” he said.
Governor Fayose said for the first time since democracy returned to the country in 1999, Nigerians were celebrating Christmas and new year with hunger and sufferings beyond measure.
“Nigerians are asking for food on their tables, they want employments, they want security, not recording of people’s phone conversations and handing it to a road side online platform to publish.
“Unemployment and job loss are increasing at a very alarming rate while the electoral process is daily being bastardised.
“Rather than tackling hunger and the country’s economic woes, they have embarked on diversionary tactics with irrelevant stories of Governors Wike and Fayose’s phone conversations, governors who do not bear arms and have no control over any security apparatus.
“I knew it before now that telephone conversations of prominent Nigerians, especially National Assembly members and opposition figures are being monitored, but I have remained unperturbed in my resolve to play my roles in rescuing Nigeria from the jaws of tyranny, which the present APC federal government represents.”
While maintaining that the APC led federal government does not respect the laws of the country, Governor Fayose said; “They know that what they are doing is illegal and clear contravention of Section 37 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, which provides that; ‘The privacy of citizens, their homes, correspondence, telephone conversations and telegraphic communications is hereby guaranteed and protected.’
“However, because they are criminally minded and are running a tyrannical government, using the DSS, EFCC and other agencies, one is not surprised at the current development.
He encourage Nigerians not to keep silent in the face of this tyranny, saying; “it will get to everybody one day, some day.
“Like I said before, their style has become so predictable. Whenever Nigerians cry of the pains and sufferings they are going through, they will come with flimsy stories like; “20 Chibok girls found,” “$1 billion found in Mr A, B or C bedroom,” “Boko Haram technically defeated,” “We have captured Sambisa forest,” “Governors Wike and Fayose’s phone conversations leaked,” etc just to divert attention.
“Regrettably, Governors Wike and Fayose that bear no arm remain their headache while their agents that bear arms like guns, armoured tanks and fighter jets etc, using them against Nigerians have not been called to question.
“Going by the barrage of pains being inflicted on Nigerians by his cluelessness, if I will give the President a candid advise, I will tell him to resign because he has failed Nigerians, whose votes he obtained by deception. Under his watch, Dollar is now N500 to $1, their is unprecedented hunger in the land, Nigerians are being killed in Southern Kaduna and other places,
“It is better for the President to resign because he appears not to have capacity for positivity.
“If all the presidents that ruled before Buhari had behaved like he is behaving now, he himself will be in jail.
“However, let me say it once again, I am one person who is not afraid of death or incarceration. I will keep telling Nigerians the truth, which obviously hurts Buhari and the cabal around him.”