Sam Nwaoko - Ado-Ekiti
Former Head of State and All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential aspirant, General Mohammadu Buhari (rtd), has urged Nigerians to use the opportunity of the 2015 general election to stop what he referred to as “the tyranny of the Peoples Democratic Party in the country.”
Buhari, who was in Ado Ekiti, on Thursday, to inaugurate the newly-constructed Ekiti Parapo Square built by Governor Kayode Fayemi, said it was time for Nigerians to take their destiny in their hands “and rescue themselves from bad governance and oppression. ”
Buhari, who was a special guest of honour at ceremonies to mark the 18th anniversary of the creation of Ekiti State, lamented that Nigerians had “been traumatised by the PDP reign in the country,” saying it was time for them to make a change.
He challenged the elite in the country to use their networks to educate the masses on the need to exercise their civic responsibility by trooping out to vote for the right candidates during the elections.
He said:”It is no doubt that Nigerians have been traumatised under the PDP leadership and Nigeria will be in trouble if we carry on the way the PDP has been doing in Nigeria.
“That is why it is important for we elites to talk to the underprivileged to collect their permanent voter cards in preparation for the 2015 elections. This is the only missile against the PDP tyranny.
“We must take this seriously because the APC is seriously determined to offer a better alternative platform for Nigerians. So, we have to be prepared for the next year elections.”
Speaking on the 12,000 seater Ekiti Parapo Square he inaugurated, Buhari praised Governor Fayemi for his success in the last four years, expressing joy to be part of the governor’s success stories.
“I am indeed very happy to be part of this success story. Fayemi has been able to prove that what is expected of any leader is selfless service. And I want to believe that all these legacy projects will remain in his name forever even after leaving office,” he said.
The former Head of State said Nigerians must “ensure that only leaders with clear vision are allowed to lead at all levels.”
The inauguration of the pavilion, which was subsequently named “Ekiti Parapo Square” by Governor Kayode Fayemi was followed by the October 1, Independence anniversary parade and the 2014 Ekiti State Merit Award, where Ekiti-born Africa’s youngest PhD holder in Mathematics, Oluwadara Olaoluwa; Africa’s best Junior table tennis player, Tosin Oribamise and 29 others were awarded the 2014 Ekiti State Merit Award.
Speaking at the event which also featured the nation’s 54th independence and 18th anniversary of the creation of Ekiti State, Governor Fayemi reiterated the need for all and sundry to embrace peace, saying that economic and academic endeavours can only thrive in an atmosphere of peace and tranquillity.
This, he said, was attested to by the World Bank’s ‘Doing Business’ index which puts Ekiti as one of the four Nigerian States that have made “the most progress and stood out for introducing several high impact reforms that narrowed down the gap to best practices the most.”
Fayemi further stressed the need for all Ekiti indigenes to unite and take ownership of the Ekiti project so that the State can continue to have a “pool of achievers worthy of the state, National and global recognition.”