- President Muhammadu Buhari recently fired the executive secretary of FRCN, Jim Obazee, for flouting the directive of a minister resulting in Pastor Adeboye's 'retirement'
- However, Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state has said Obazee was fired over the president's ambition for 2019
Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state has attributed the sack of the executive secretary of the Financial Regulatory Council (FRC) of Nigeria, Mr Jim Obazee, to the 2019 re-election ambition of President Muhammadu Buhari and the embarrassment it caused the government.
Obazee was sacked for reportedly flouting the directive of a minister not to implement the regulation which caused Pastor Enoch Adeboye to retire as the general overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God in charge of Nigeria.
In a statement issued in Ado Ekiti on Tuesday, January 10, 2016 and signed by the governor’s special assistant on public communications and new media, Lere Olayinka, Governor Fayose said: “When they realised the implication of their action on President Muhammadu Buhari’s 2019 ambition, especially the personality like Pastor Adeboye that’s involved, they quickly sacked an innocent man who must have acted on instruction.
“Obviously, their attention is more on 2019, not on justice and any love for the sustenance of Christianity in Nigeria.
"Mind you, they have only suspended the implementation of the regulation, they did not abrogate it. It is obvious that they have an agenda. And if you look at the president’s pattern of life, he is a sectional leader, whose appointments reflect sectionalism and nepotism," the statement said.
The governor said it was funny that a president that is over 70 years would be the one to implement a regulation limiting the age of general overseers (GO) of churches to 70 years.
“If men of God like Pastor Adeboye, Pastor WF Kumuyi, Bishop David Oyedepo, Bishop Mike Okonkwo and others cannot be GO of their churches beyond 70 years of age, how do we now justify a man like President Buhari who is over 74 and still willing to be president beyond 2019 that he will be 77?” Fayose asked describing those defending Buhari by claiming that the law was made when Dr Goodluck Jonathan was president as hypocrites.
“Even if the law was made before President Buhari assumed office, who is to blame for its implementation? Could President Buhari have implemented a law he does not believe in and could the sacked FRC boss that they have now used as the sacrificial lamb have implemented the law without the consent of the presidency?” He also asked while questioning the speed with which the president reacted by sacking Obazee.
“Why was there no such swiftness in his action on Southern Kaduna killings where a race was almost wiped out, with people killed like goats? Why didn’t the President react swiftly to the Senate indictment of the EFCC Acting Chairman, Ibrahim Magu?
“Obviously, it was an afterthought, which was aimed at dousing the negative outcry that greeted the action by using the sacked FRC boss as the fall-guy.
“This has further made it very clear and evident that Buhari is not a leader, he is ruler. He is a religious apologist that believes that he must silence anybody that does not believe in his line of thought either politically or religious wise.
“Sadly, all those things that we have forgotten and never thought will happen again in this country are now happening. The country is now badly divided more than ever before.
“Nigerians have been able to read through President Buhari in this short time to realise that all he is doing now is to destroy this country like he did in 1984, but God will not allow him."