By Demola Atobaba
Ogun State Governor Ibikunle Amosun has berated the Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose for his continuous scathing remarks about the health status of the All Progressives Congress presidential candidate, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd.).
He said Buhari is stronger than Fayose.
Amosun this while speaking with journalists after meeting with 705 Community Development Associations and Cooperative Societies in the state at the June 12 Cultural Centre, Kuto, Abeokuta.
Fayose’s recent remarks came on the heels of the ongoing visit by the APC presidential candidate to the United Kingdom, where he met former British Prime Minister Tony Blair among other engagements.
The Ekiti State governor had alleged that Buhari had gone for a check-up on his alleged failing health, instead of a working visit as claimed by the APC.
But Amosun said it was not in the character of the Yoruba to wish anyone dead.
He said, “It’s a big shame from the quarters where the allegation came from. We are Yoruba. There is an unwritten rule: t’aba n ja, bi ti ka ku ko (Even if we are quarelling, it is not to wish each other dead).
“Even in this instance, we are not fighting. We want to represent our people. How can a sane person wish somebody else dead. It is a disgrace to our race as Yoruba for somebody to be wishing another person dead.
“For your information, General Muhammadu Buhari is even stronger than the character that is saying the man is weak; maybe because of the military background.”
Amosun, who was part of Buhari’s entourage to the UK, said he had to struggle to catch up with the 72-year-old retired General, despite his own age of 57.
He said, “Even because of the way I walk, it’s like catching up with him. For his age, maybe because of his military background. It’s like seeing Baba Obasanjo too and saying he’s old.
“This is the man that is very agile; we are even telling him that you have to slow down. This is the man that we met together with Tony Blair. We left the place and we went to about five different places. The man is hale and hearty.
“Even when we went to Ben Television, I told him ‘you can’t follow me, you have to go home’. He was willing, he was ready even in the cold. The man was walking round.”
He further berated the ruling party for going viral on the Internet with falsehood, on the purported visit of Buhari to a London hospital.
He added, “You can see the photoshop they are using; they are saying a lot of rubbish. This is not politics. It is descending to an abysmal level and I think all lovers of democracy and all lovers of humanity should caution them.
“Politics shouldn’t be like this; saying that he (Buhari) has three months to live. They are just talking rubbish.
“Politics will finish. Where would they be when you begin to talk this rubbish? I think it’s a shame and I think they are descending to a level that is unheard of, that negates reasonableness and good thinking. It’s against our tradition as Yoruba.”
Talking about his administration’s interaction with the CDAs and Cooperative Societies, Amosun said he had gone to all the 236 wards in the state.