The governor said the report could also be a way to shift attention from last week’s assault on judges and the Judiciary by the Federal Government which has been widely condemned.
Reacting to the reported release of 21 out of the 219 students reportedly abducted from their dormitories in Chibok community, Borno State on April 14, 2014, through his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, Governor Fayose in a statement said: “Nigerians are no longer interested in the lies and make-believes of the APC-led federal government. Rather, Nigerians want the economy fixed and food on their tables.”
He said Nigerians should wait to see the set of girls said to have been released this time around before drawing any conclusion.
“As for me, I keep my fingers crossed on this reported release of 21 Chibok girls. This is because we were once told by this same government that one of the girls was released and the girl, who was supposed to be writing Physics WAEC examination then could not speak one sentence in English.
“Again, it was reported yesterday that Boko Haram bombed Maiduguri, Borno State and killed more than 10 people. How the same Boko Haram insurgents that bombed Maiduguri yesterday could release 21 Chibok girls today is a question Nigerians must ask.”
“Until proved otherwise, the story still appears like one of the diversionary tactics of the federal government,” he said.
Speaking further, Governor Fayose said: “The economy deserves more attention than all these lies and propaganda.”
“We have heard enough stories on corruption, the federal government should give Nigerians food. The people are suffering and their sufferings must be attended to by the federal government.”
“Propaganda, cheap lies and diversionary tactics must give way for serious governance.”