​Ekiti Teachers Need Reorientation, Evaluation -APC Unravels Agenda

Ahead the 2018 governorship election in Ekiti State, the state chapter of the All Progressive Congress (APC) has pointed out the need to reorientate and evaluate teachers in the state, saying prioritising qualitative education in Ekiti was never a mistake.
Declaring support for the Competency Test organized for teachers in Kaduna State recently and insisting that the State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai was right to sack the over 21,000 that failed the test, the party maintained that poor teachers were not meant to be in classrooms.

State Chairman of the party; High Chief Jide Awe said in a statement made available to journalists online on Friday, that the APC, especially in Ekiti State remained committed to the sanitization of the teaching profession by easing out unqualified teachers from the system.

Chief Jide Awe, who described those criticizing Governor El-Rufai for insisting on the sack of the over 21,000 that failed the competency test as uninformed, commended the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr Kayode Fayemi for providing technical support for the Kaduna State government to carry out the test.

He said the APC in Ekiti State was proud that Dr Fayemi, a former governor of Ekiti State brought the consultant that conducted the competency test in faraway Kaduna State, noting that what Ekiti State lost when teachers in the State opposed the competency test, Kaduna State has gained it.

The party chairman said Teachers’ Development Need Assessment (TDNA) introduced by the APC government of Dr Fayemi was in the best interest of education in the State

He added that nothing would stop teachers in the State from writing the test should APC return to power in Ekiti State.

Chief Awe said it was better to have few teachers who are qualified than having thousands of unqualified teachers teaching our pupils nonsense.

The Chairman called on Governor El-Rufai not to be blackmailed by threats from the state chapter of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) that vowed to down tools if the government sacked its members.

He said rather than be bothered by threats from labour unions, Governor El- Rufai should go ahead with the sack of the over 21,000 teachers and their replacement with new teachers.

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Ekiti 2018: Fayose Vows To Relegate Opposition

…says APC can’t win 10 out of 177 wards in Ekiti 

Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has vowed that the opposition will not be able to win 10 out of the 177 wards in the state during the governorship election scheduled for July 14, 2018.

Fayose spoke when the American Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Stuart Symington, paid a visit to the State House on Tuesday.
Symington had promised his country’s assistance to ensure that the election is free, fair and credible.
In his response, Fayose urged the U.S. to ensure that the Federal Government allows a free and fair election, while assuring the envoy that his own administration and party would play the game with fairness.
“We are in firm control and the people are in our support. We just want to appeal to America and the international community to keep an eye on the poll.
“We don’t want INEC to come to our state with pre-loaded card readers or manipulate the process. We are sure to repeat the victory of 2014 when we won in all the local government areas,” Fayose said.
He added that the major problem retarding the country’s growth bordered on “poor attitude by the people and the insincerity of leaders.”
He decried a situation where “those claiming to be fighting corruption do so with some people being their targets.”
He also condemned what he called “the various intimidation, harassment and illegal detention of Ekiti government officials by Federal Government’s agents.
“Our greatest challenge is not corruption but insincerity of leaders. Those claiming to fight corruption are not sincere. Without justice, we can’t move forward.
“There must be equity in the way we do things. Being selective in the fight against corruption will not take us anywhere,” he warned.
Fayose also assured the American envoy that he was “eminently qualified to be president.
“I have the required experience to lead this country. I have worked with the presidents we have elected into office in this country and I’m able to manage the economy of my state, despite lean resources.
“In the US and the UK, they ask you your experience when seeking a job, not your paper qualifications. I have managed a poor economy in my state and that shows my ability to deliver,” he said.
The governor also urged the U.S envoy to give special consideration to Ekiti indigenes who are awarded government scholarship for studies and training in U.S, saying denying them visas on the pretext that they may not return isn’t helping the situation.
The envoy had, earlier in his speech, assured Ekiti State Government of his country’s support for the conduct of free, fair and credible governorship election in the state in 2018.

​Nigerian Amb. Appoints Ex Ekiti First Lady, Bisi Fayemi, Personal Assistant General Duty

The former Ekiti State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology and newly appointed Nigerian Ambassador to Hungary, Dr. Mrs Eniola Olaitan Ajayi, has indicated interest in handpicking the wife of her former boss, Erelu Olabisi Fayemi, as her personal assistant on general duty.

The intention to appoint the former first lady was made known on Wednesday in Abuja where she was given a letter of credence as Nigerian Ambassador to Hungary with concurrent accreditation to Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The event, which was conducted by the Minister of State Foreign Affairs, H.E. Hon. Khadija Bukar Abba Ibrahim, also had several other top government functionaries in attendance.
It would be recalled that Amb. Ajayi served under the administration of the immediate past governor of Ekiti State and present Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, as one of his reportedly controversial commissioners.
However, indication has emerged that the Ekiti Youths wing of the All Progressive Congress (APC), had kicked against the purported appointment which they tagged “rotational compensation appointment”, adding that such will further jeopardize the chances of the party in Ekiti 2018 guber poll.

Ekiti Guber: APC Will Meet Its Waterloo In June 2018, Says Council Chief

The Councilor representing Ayetoro ward two in In Ido/Osi Local Government legislative Council of Ekit State, Mr. Seun Owoola on Friday boasted that the All Progressives Congress (APC) will fail in its attempt to recapture the State in the governorship election slated for June 23rd 2018.

Speaking to News Men on Friday after worshiping with Muslim faithful in his Ayetoro-Ekiti community to celebrate Sallah, Owoola who is the Chairman of the council house committee on health said the people of Ekiti will not allow what bedevilled them during the reign of immediate past Governor of the state and current Minister of Steels and Mineral Resources, Dr. Kayode Fayemi to befall them again.

He blamed the inability of the state Governor, Ayo Fayose to pay workers salaries regularly on several bank loans and N32bn bond obtained by Fayemi, stating despite the drop in allocation from Abuja to states, about N1billion is deducted monthly from Ekiti State statutory allocation for loan servicing and repayment.

 “APC will not be allowed to smell Oke Bareke government House for now. Ekiti people have not recovered from their ordeal in the hands of Fayemi. The loans Fayemi took when he was Governor are largely responsible for irregular of payment of workers salary today.

“N913million is deducted monthly from the source out of our monthly allocation from federation account to service and repay the loans obtained by Fayemi from various banks and the N32bn bond he took from the capital market.

“The testimony from witnesses who had testified at the ongoing Judicial Commission of Enquiry probing how Fayemi spent some of our funds when he superintended over our patrimony is a point of reference.

“You can imagine a governor giving an oral order to a firm to supply 236 vehicles without passing through the state Tender Board? Today, N400m has been said to have been expended on the construction of new Governor’s office in Ekiti State whereas there’s no governor office anywhere.

The council chief said majority of the people of the State are solidly behind Fayose to hand over to a worthy successor, stressing that the performance of the APC led central government is another reason why the people of the state will not vote for the party candidate in 2018.

“Are you telling me we should vote for APC to compensate them for increasing a litre of petrol from N87 to N145 thereby increasing the expenditures of the common people and killing many Small and media scale enterprises? He asked rhetorically.
 

N2.5bn Civic Centre: Ekiti Probe Panel To Summon Fayemi’s Contractors Through Newspapers

The Judicial Commission of Inquiry set up by the Ekiti State Government to look into the State finances under the administration of Dr. Kayode Fayemi will summon companies like Tianjin-Yuyang Construction Engineering Limited, CASA Nig Ltd and others through advertorials in national newspapers and other means, the Commission Chairman, Justice Silas Oyewole (rtd) ruled today. 
Tianjin-Yuyang Construction Engineering Limited, a Chinese company was awarded the contract for the construction of a New Civic Centre on August 30, 2012 at the cost of N2, 573,584,395.75 while consultancy on the construction was awarded to CASA Nig Ltd on June 11, 2012 at the cost of N137, 611,325.07.
A total sum of N993, 512,344.11, representing 45 percent of total contract sum was paid to the contractor as 2013.
At the Commission of Inquiry’s continued proceeding today at Magistrate Court 1, High Court, Ado-Ekiti, Mr Sunday Bamise, counsel to the commission said the commission encountered some difficulties in summoning most of the witnesses. 
The commission counsel said those companies like Tianjin-Yuyang Construction Engineering Limited, CASA Nig Ltd and Citadel Nominees Limited/Toyab Associates Joint Consultants should be invited by the Commission via national newspaper and other means. He mentioned names of the four witnesses who were available at the court.
The first witness, Mr. Adeleke Adefolaju, who is the Director of Budget in the state’s Ministry of Budget and Economy Planning, was led in evidence by counsel to the commission, Mr Bamise.
The witness presented the record of funds that accrued to the State within the financial years to include the Internally Generated Revenue, international donors, statutory allocations, among others.
The Director of Local Government Affairs, Mr. Samuel Akinjide Akinleye; a former occupant of the office, Mr. Sola Ogunmiluyi and the Principal Technical Officer in the General Administration Department, governor’s office, Mr. Shittu Rotimi tendered documents of furniture and vehicles procured and distributed in the year under review.
The documents submitted by Adeleke and the other three witnesses were admitted as exhibits. 
The commission proceedings continue tomorrow with cross examinations of all witnesses.

Akeredolu Shed Tears Over State of Indebtedness In Ondo State

BEING AN ADDRESS DELIVERED BY THE GOVERNOR OF ONDO STATE, ARAKUNRIN OLUWAROTIMI ODUNAYO AKEREDOLU, SAN, AT THE SWEARING-IN CEREMONY OF COMMISSIONERS/SPECIAL ADVISERS HELD ON WEDNESDAY, 30TH AUGUST, 2017, AT THE INTERNATIONAL CULTURE AND EVENTS CENTRE, (THE DOME), IGBATORO ROAD, AKURE.
PROTOCOL
Today’s ceremony marks yet another milestone in the history of political representation in our State. With these eminent men and women chosen to serve the State at this level, I fervently hope that the state service delivery system will be reinvigorated upon these appointments. I habour no reservations concerning the capability of the appointees to discharge the mandates entrusted to them.
Extremely conscious of the palpable excitement, dictated by this special occasion, I join members of their families, friends and all well-wishers to congratulate the new Commissioners and Special Advisers who have just taken up new responsibilities in this Administration. These appointments suggest recognition of worth by necessary deductions. This very reason also impels great expectations by our people, justifiably. It is, therefore, needless to remind these gentlemen and ladies of the arduous task ahead.
This is Ondo State, the land of the brave and virtuous. This is a geographical space richly endowed by nature. This is our collective haven; an impregnable fortress for the protection of the weak and the underdog, a place where everyone is held and treated as important. We are proud inheritors of this enviable heritage from our forebears. We are bold, yet not foolhardy, resourceful, pragmatic and hospitable, but far from being stupid. We show understanding, readily, but resist all attempts by the impetuous and naïve, who mistake the craving for collaboration for the much needed progress as weakness. We must remain consistent and resilient in the defence of this collective heritage.
I should, therefore, hasten to admonish that there is indeed little or no time for endless celebrations. These appointments must be seen as a call to service at this critical juncture in the life of our dear state. As our Administration renews its pledge to the people to be accountable at all times, there is the urgent need for rededication by all those who serve the public. We must encourage broad and massive participation of our people in the business of government.
Government and governance should not be stultifying abstractions, distant and disconnected from the service to which these modern concepts evolved to proffer. Those who lay claims to legitimacy of representation, as deriving from the people, must always keep their focus on this time-tested objective. Governance should not be reduced to a circus show; specious, ostentatious and profligate exhibition of inanities. Any decision or action of acclaimed representatives of the people must be an answer to identifiable socio-economic challenge. Elected and appointed public officials must subject their individual preferences to the collective will. Performance must be measured in terms of its positive impact on the people.
If development is about the people, all decisions and actions must be for the realisation of this lofty objective. Any opportunity offered for service must be understood in this context. Nobody must consider his/her choice, out of numerous other equally eminent candidates, as an invitation to primitive self-aggrandisement. This Administration will NOT permit it. Any conduct which seeks to perpetuate the misery of the people will be discouraged actively.
No appointment is “juicy”. Every ministry, agency and established public office is important. This Administration shall extend equal attention to all offices. It would be a mistake, with grave consequences, for anyone to act in a manner which negates decency and decorum. There will be zero tolerance for all acts considered unbecoming of patriotic indigenes of this State. We will simply NOT allow them.
As the ship of this Administration finally gathers steam to set sail, it is pertinent to acquaint the good people of this State with the true financial situation. We believe it is important that our people should possess this information. This must not be construed as politics and we plead with our media practitioners to subject this information to the crucible of serious scrutiny and analysis. The knowledge of true financial status of the State Government will guide and moderate the craving desires of all and sundry. Expectations of performance from the government must be anchored on reality. Government officials must bear this fact in mind, always. It will be easy for the people to show understanding when they know the truth.
The economic condition of this State is precarious, depressingly so. We expend virtually all allocations and the insignificant revenue generated internally on recurrent expenditure. The internally generated revenue is very low. The huge debts owed by the State have been worsened by infrastructural deficit on ground. Yet we strive to discharge our obligations to creditors whose exactions on our very poor revenue militate, significantly, against planning.
The government is looked upon as the major provider of succour to the people. Times are indeed very hard. Job creation is a cardinal policy of the Administration. We are not unmindful of the cynicism of our political opponents who believe that engaging our youths productively is a tall order. We are, however, convinced of not only the possibility of making this objective a reality, but our activities will erase the doubts as we progress. All hands must be on deck.
THE FINANCIAL STATUS AT INCEPTION
This Administration at inception met a staggering debt totaling N220,588,125,731.00 (Two hundred and twenty billion, five hundred and eighty-eight million, one hundred and twenty-five thousand, seven hundred and thirty-one naira).
The breakdown of this highly disturbing debt profile is as follows:
Internal Debt: N53,159,719,891.01
External Debt: N17,485,393,971.50
Unpaid Salaries and Allowances, Aug to Dec, 2016: N17,279,115,588.10
Unpaid Salaries and Allowances, Jan to Feb, 2017: N6,911,663,629.24
Ondo State Pension Liabilities: N4,800,965,850.00
Ondo State Gratuity: N15,043,537, 042.74
Unpaid Local Government Salaries and Allowances Aug to Dec: 2016 N9,320,568,782.41
Unpaid Local Government Salaries and Allowances (Jan. to Feb., 2017): N5,192,437,503.30
Local Government Pension Liabilities: N25,237,348,457.26
Local Government Gratuities Liability: N20,965,598,590.61
Contractors’ Liabilities: N39,740,423,934.76
Outstanding payment requests in the Office of the Accountant-General without cashbacking: N5,451,352,494.25
Total: N220,588,125,731.00
The breakdown of the Liquid Assets is as follows:
All Banks Balances: N7,236,594,630.36
Fixed Deposit/Call Deposit: N837,000,000.00
Balance in Bond Proceeds: N254,000,000.00
Fixed Deposit (OSOPADEC): N1,449,000,000.00
Portfolio Management Account: N180,000,000.00
Grand Total: N9,956,594,630.36
With a total inherited debt of over N220 billion, it should not be difficult for anyone to know that the government’s capacity for seeming elastic adjustment to cater for the people has been stretched to its limit. There is no gain asserting the obvious; our Administration is not in any position for frivolities. All of us must gird our loins for the great task ahead. The picture is not good. Therefore, all acts with the potential of pushing us deeper into economic crisis must be jettisoned. We earnestly promise to provide the needed leadership.
The Revenue and Expenditure profiles of the State from February-July, 2017 are as follows:
Revenue:
i. Gross Statutory Allocation: N11,633,201,277.00
ii. 13 percent minimal derivation: N103,274,011.82
iii. Exchange gain difference: N3,053,551,514.12
iv. Excess Crude: N2,119,281,611.13
v. Paris Club Refund: N9,100,753,451.27
vi. Internally Generated Revenue (IGR): N4,030,744,916.83
vii. Budget Support: N5,400,000.00
viii. VAT: N4,948,506,727.30
ix. Deductions by AGF: N158,757,495.48
T O T A L = N47,548,077,005.78
Expenditure
Salary of Civil Servants and Teachers (Feb.–Jul., 2017): N23,800,911,706.46
Subvention to Parastatals: N3,721,311,300.00
Gratuity, Public Debt Charges and 10% Grant to LGs: N6,521,343,387.70
Capital Expenditure: N4,296,447,137.87
Running Grants to MDAs: N1,069,544,486.00
Other Government Expenditure: such as payment for WAEC Fees, Assistance to Security Agencies, Boundary issues, Publicity and Special Days Celebrations, Trainings, Free School Shuttle Programme, Feeding of Special Schools and many others too numerous to list here: N3,694,310,315.65
Ad-hoc Staff of Hospitals’ Management Board (HMB): N230,250,427.91
Judiciary: N840,737,959.61
Grants to OSOPADEC: N2,337,027,015.25
T O T A L = N46,515,883,736.50
The balance of N1,032,193,269,279.99 is the unexpended Paris Club Refund reserved for capital projects from the last release.
THE JOURNEY SO FAR
Despite the challenges encountered by our Administration since assumption of office, we have approached governance with resilient determination. Paucity of funds has been a major encumbrance as explained earlier. To put out this quagmire, we have already commenced the process of re-engineering our Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) efforts which will soon begin to yield the desired results. The Administration has, however, been able to embark on projects which impact positively on the lives and general well-being of our people. We are beginning to register our presence in the consciousness of the people through our activities in virtually all sectors.
INFRASTRUCTURE
Imbued with the unshaken belief that an environment with a developed infrastructure is that which is ready for progress, we have been able to intervene to bridge the very wide gap in infrastructural deficit. Our Administration has constructed the following roads:
Abusoro-Ijoka Road, 1.2km
Iwalewa Road, Akure, 1.5km
Bajare/Okemayo Road & St. Joseph Road, Idanre, 3.0km
Jubilee-Ugbe Road, Ikare, 2.1km
3 no Big Box Culverts at Oyinmo, Ishakunmi & Megida Rental
Road, Ikare-Akoko.
Oke Alafia Road, Supare – 1.5km
Ogbonomo Street, Igbadara Street, Ajegunle Street & Howlet
Road, Ifon, 2.3km.
Sabomi Road, Ese-Odo, 2.5km
Police Station Road, Ore, 2.0km
10. Road Network in Ondo State University of Science and
Technology (OSUSTECH), Okitipupa
11. Gulf C Road, Ilara
12. Completion of multi-storey Engineering Building at the
Ministry of Works yard, Akure.
It is also gratifying to inform the distinguished citizens of Ondo State that our Administration has re-energised and paid money to some contractors engaged by the last Administration to make them mobilize back to site and continue work on the following roads:
the notorious Oke Alabojuto in Ikare-Akoko which has now been significantly reduced;
three Ondo township roads projects classified as Group II, Phases I and II;
Ikare-Ikaram-Ajowa Road;
a contractor has been directed to move to site at that deadly Iwaro Oka Hill because of the avoidable accidents that occur too frequently on that axis.
A section of Ondo – Ore Road that had failed completely at Asewele has equally been fixed by our new Administration. In a like manner, a section on Ore – Okitipupa Road that has equally collapsed is currently being worked on by the Direct Labour Unit of the Ministry of Works. The Street Light Project in Owo that had been abandoned by the contractor has been resuscitated by the new government by paying the contractor and the project has come upstream again. It is also necessary for us to make some clarifications regarding Akure Street Lights which service has become comatose. This is what we inherited. The generators providing the street lights have been breaking down too frequently due to old age. Our Government has already taken a bold step to replace the generators with new ones. Let me assure the people that the street light will become functional in a couple of weeks from now.
Renovation of our schools will equally commence before long as contracts for the renovation of some of them have been awarded under the multilateral scheme with our government paying N500m counterpart fund and the Federal Government paying its matching grants.
Agriculture promises to be a major booster to economic recovery in the State. This sector has witnessed unpardonable neglect in the years past. Any economic planning which does not take into account the very important role of agriculture is unrealistic. Beyond the usual cosmetic approach to the sector, our Administration has taken steps to encourage farmers. The youths are also being invited to shun white collar jobs and the unrealistic expectation of having the government provide employment even in over-saturated sectors. The embrace of farming is the way out of despondency.
Consequently, this Administration has disbursed the sum of N210,000,000.00 to farmers cooperative societies in the state under the FADAMA Scheme. The programme had been abandoned completely by the time we came on board. As a way of re-directing our system of agriculture, Mechanisation Centres have almost been completed in Owo and Akure while that of Ore will commence shortly. In addition, we have procured 1000 metric tons of fertilizer for the enhancement of farming. We are collating the data of farmers and youths in the state. We want to mobilise 35,000 farmers for the Anchor Borrowers Scheme. We have given approval for the registration of Ondo State Farmers Micro Finance Bank and have established a Poverty Alleviation Scheme in the State. We anticipate direct empowerment of 300 youths under the FADAMA GUYS programme, among others.
Our intention is to turn our dear State into a hub of socio-economic activities. We are determined to stimulate the economic space for the benefit of our people. The commencement of regular flights from Akure to Lagos, and continuation of Akure to Abuja has been a tremendous boost to the State. Businessmen and women, traders and all those who take investment seriously are trooping into our State with ease. Ondo State is indeed a veritable destination for investors. Air Peace Airline is making this possible. The transparent conduct of this Administration and its insistence on discharging its mandate sincerely and courageously make good things happen.
May I seize this opportunity to address the citizens of this state on the position of Ondo State Radiovision Corporation (OSRC). Government notes with concern the yearnings of our people to be kept abreast of its activities and strides through the state owned electronic media. Regretfully, the reality was that both the OSRC TV and Radio that were inherited by our administration were very weak and incapacitated by ineffective and comatose equipment. They are also bedeviled by dilapidated physical infrastructure as well as unmotivated staff whose competence and professional capability had become considerably weakened.
As a lasting solution, Government constituted a management committee consisting of experienced and tested media managers, to reorganize and reposition the organisations for optimum performance. It is my pleasure, therefore, to inform you that arrangements are in final stage to procure first class and ultra modern digital equipment and other accessories for the television arm to come back to life. To underscore government’s drive to bring the reforms to fruition, we are satisfied with the current performance of Orange 94.5 FM which now transmits rich, balanced and engaging news, entertainment and programmes content for 18 hours daily as against its previous six hours operations. Our ultimate target is a round the clock broadcast from the outfit.
We promised to make life more abundant for our people. We will continue to strive to keep that vow within the available resources. We can turn things around positively. We only need men and women imbued with the necessary patriotic zeal and determination to do things differently. I enjoin us to make our appointments impactful on the generality of the people in the State. We must approach issues touching on their lives with seriousness.
Once again, I congratulate you on this unique opportunity to make the difference in the lives of our people. I admonish members of families and friends of political appointees to desist from mounting undue pressure on them. They have been called upon to work for the collective glory of the State. This, to me, is a sacred social contract between them and posterity. They must be assisted to fulfill their destinies. Our people must be made to own the process of governance. If development is about the people, we should be able to assess the quality of our intervention in their lives.
May the Almighty guide and guard you in this onerous task of qualitative service delivery to our people.
Thank you and God bless you.
Long live Ondo State of Nigeria!
Long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria!
I thank you for your patience.

​Fayose Cautions FG Over Plan To Make Hate Speech Treasonable, Says; It Is Plot To Silence Opposition

Ekiti Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has cautioned the federal government over its categorisation of hate speeches to act of terrorism, “This appears as another plot to silence the opposition and I make bold to say that saying the truth concerning the country and its rulers cannot be termed as hate speech.”

The governor, who accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the number one promoter and beneficiary of hate speeches in the country, noted that; “When the APC was looking for power, several provocative statements were made.  Nigerians are yet to forget President Muhammadu Buhari’s ‘the dog and the baboon would all be soaked in blood’ hate speeches and the threat by the APC to form a parallel government.”
In a statement issued in Ado Ekiti on Friday, by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, Governor Fayose, who said he was totally against hate speech and will support any effort to curb it, added that it was important to caution the federal government on the danger inherent in the blanket categorisation of hate speech as treasonable.
He said “even if the APC government is sincere with its new found hatred for hate speeches, the APC government must first apologise to Nigerians for being the number one promoter and beneficiary of hate speech.”
The governor counselled that rather than blanket criminalising of hate speeches, the federal government should embark on reorientation of Nigerians, especially the youths on the consequences of hate speeches to the unity of the country and restore the confidence of the people in the government.
The statement read; “I wish to express concern over the pronouncement of the Acting President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo that hate speech will henceforth be treated as terrorism.
“While I am totally against hate speech and will support any effort to curb it, it is important to caution the federal government on the danger inherent in the blanket categorisation of hate speech as treasonable.
“I make bold to say that saying the truth concerning the country and its rulers cannot be termed as hate speech.
“I only hope Nigeria is not being systematically returned to the colonial days when the law of sedition was used to jail many of those who fought for our independence or the era of Buhari’s military regime when the notorious Public Officers (Protection against False accusation) Decree 4 of 1984 was used to jailTunde Thompson and NdukaIrabor, both of The Guardian newspapers for publishing what the government termed as false.
“Most importantly, going by the APC government’s use of the so-called anti-corruption fight to harass, intimidate, arrest and detain opposition figures, there is no doubt that categorising whatever that is termed as hate speech as act of terrorism is unconstitutional and an attempt to gag Nigerians, especially the press.
“It should therefore not be seen that since the use of corruption to harass, arrest and detain opposition figures is no longer fashionable, hate speech will now be another instrument of oppression to be used against opposition. 
“The questions that must be answered by the federal government are; what constitutes hate speech andwho determines it? Has the Presidency becomes law unto itself such that it is now the one to determine what is an offense and what punishment to be applied?
“From all intent and purposes, the Acting President pronouncement which is obviously not backed by any legislation is an attempt to provide reasons for an impending clampdown on opposition and Nigerians will resist any attempt to mortgage their fundamental rights to freedom of expression under the guise of hate speeches.
“When the APC was looking for power, several provocative statements were made. 

Nigerians are yet to forget President Buhari’s “the dog and the baboon would all be soaked in blood” hate speeches and the threat by the APC to form a parallel government.
“What can be more treasonable than these statements made by President Buhari and his party?
“It is also on record that during the 2011 election campaign, President Buhari’s inciting statement led to widespread violence by his supporters in the North after he lost. Over 1000 people were slaughtered in cold blood, including innocent National Youth Service Corp members.
“Therefore, even if the APC government is sincere with its new found hatred for hate speeches, the APC government must first apologise to Nigerians for being the number one promoter and beneficiary of hate speech.
“Also, rather than this blanket criminalising of hate speeches, the federal government should embark on reorientation of Nigerians, especially the youths on the consequences of hate speeches to the unity of the country while the confidence of the people in the government (at all levels) must be restored.”