Fayose Urges FG To Use $1 Billion ECA Fund To Fight Hunger Haram

Ekiti State Governor, Chief Ayodele Fayose, has said instead of the Federal Government withdrawing $1 billion from the Excess Crude Oil Account to fight insurgency by the Boko Haram group, there is real hunger ‘haram’ in the land that ought to be fought zealously.

He also gave the hint that he will challenge the decision of the FG to withdraw the money that belongs to all tiers of government.

He stated this in Ado-Ekiti on Sunday when he hosted Christian clerics at an interactive forum.

In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Idowu Adelusi, the governor said there were many other pressing issues that the government ought to tackle instead of dissipating energy and scarce resources on a group that Nigerians had been told was already technically defeated.

” In the first instance, the money belongs to the federal, state and local governments and if anything would b taken out of it, it must be with support and agreement of all tiers. If there is any tier that is not interested in spending the money in a particular manner, the total amount must be calculated and the said tier of government be given its appropriate money.

“States and local governments have peculiar needs and many are finding it difficult to meet their constitutional obligations. There are many ‘harams’ in the land that we must fight and hunger is one of them,” he said.

On the steps he took to arrive at supporting his deputy, Prof. Kolapo Olusola, as his preferred candidate for the coming governorship election in the state, Fayose said the day he got divine conformation about Olusola, he called him and the person he initially thought would be the choice to a meeting at the Government House.

“I later took the two to leaders in the state and explained what God said and that God said I should not delay in making the decision public. I was asked what would become of the person who thought he was the anointed candidate and I replied that only God could answer that.

” Yes, when I first came to office, I said me and my deputy would leave together but God said that was not His decision and gave me the assurance that if it is a divine project, nobody would be able p stop it and that is my belief,” he added.

Fayose said he also called the clerics to thank them for their support and that they were not using their anointing against the government.

He also charged them to fish out bad eggs from among them.

Earlier, the Special Adviser, Religious Matters to the Governor, Pastor Seyi Olusola, said the governor would not toy with issues relating to religious leaders.

In his remarks, the State Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Reverend Rotimi Orikogbe, thanked the governor for his support and said the body had dedicated a day to always gather and pray for the state.

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