Ekiti state governor, Ayo Fayose, yesterday said President Buhari is too
old to rule Nigeria and that he is like his grandfather. Fayose said
this while speaking on the topic: “Journalism and Politics; two sides of
a coin,” at the World Press Freedom Day organised by the Nigeria Union
of Journalists (NUJ), Oyo State Council, held at the Dapo Aderogba hall,
Iyaganku, Ibadan yesterday May 3rd.
“President Buhari is too old to rule this country and that is why there
is problem in this country now. He is like my grandfather. Nigeria
should not produce any president that is over 60 years.
“World democracy don’t parade octogenarians again.
Young people should rise up to challenge the older generation. Maybe
that is why there is a law that a pilot should not fly an aircraft after
65 years of age,” he said.
Fayose at the meeting called on journalist to be fierce and sincere in their reports.
” You are the last hope of common man. When journalists support looters,
there is confusion of vision. Journalists should shy away from it. Bad
politicians should be brought to justice. Don’t write about issues you
don’t know. Don’t rely on what a politician told you of his supposed
enemy and don’t inherit his enemies. Journalists must help bring corrupt
politicians to justice. When politicians are going wrong, let them feel
the heat first from you. Most politicians are using journalists in
Nigeria for their dirty jobs and they are supporting wicked politicians.
Journalists in Nigeria always shy away from the truth because they are
self-centred and greedy. As a journalist, you need to discharge your
duty without fear or favour. Politicians have no address and this is why
it is possible for a politician to defect from PDP after 12 years to
APC and is being celebrated as a saint. Journalists should stop
supporting and having soft spots for political parties and politicians.
Some of you have sympathy for PDP or APC. Don’t join our battle. You are
the hope of the common man and the only thing they can enjoy,” he said.