Governor of Ekiti state, Ayodele Fayose, says the abduction of over 200 girls from Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State, is a ruse, which is at best, a political strategy.
Fayose, while speaking on Wednesday, said he doesnâ€™t believe that the girls were abducted in 2014 while stressing that thereâ€™s been no indication to back up the abduction reports.
While declaring open a two-day workshop on â€œPolitical Aspirants Capacity Enhancementâ€ organised by Women Arise for Change Initiative, Fayose said: â€œToday, many opposition leaders are underground.â€
â€œI donâ€™t think any of these girls is missing; it is a political strategy. Who is fooling who? If you wanted to use it to remove some people, you have succeeded already.â€
â€œI donâ€™t know if there are missing girls but no indication has shown that. It is a political strategy, because I donâ€™t think any girl is missing. If they are missing, let them find them.â€
The governor also said some of the #BringBackOurGirls campaigners are using the platform to seek political appointments while noting that human rights groups have been relatively quiet since Muhammadu Buhari became President.
â€œIâ€™m concerned about the activities of human rights groups. Today the government of the day is obeying court order of their choice, while human rights are not respected.â€
â€œWe must talk about government providing cover for criminals. You are now using that person to harass innocent person. You will never have peace when you hide justice.â€
â€œPolice came into town yesterday (Tuesday) to arrest political opponents. If you like, demonise me, I will demonise you. I donâ€™t need the police and the SSS (Department of State Services) to walk in my state. It is when you are not popular that you walk with police.â€
â€œAny government that rises against me, that government will come down. Iâ€™m Peter the rock. By engaging me, you make me more popular and relevant and then court sympathy. Iâ€™m one person that is going places. That is why all these challenges are against me.â€