Governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, has painted a grim future for Nigerians under President Muhammadu Buhari in the coming year.
Mr. Fayose, who has been a thorn in the flesh of the Buhari administration from the day it was inaugurated, predicted more sufferings for Nigerians, increased Boko Haram terrorist attacks, job losses, industrial unrests and rampant human rights abuses among others.
In a statement he personally signed yesterday, Governor Fayose listed 20 things that Nigerians should anticipate under the Buhari-led government in 2016.
“Fellow Nigerians, I want you to take note of the followings that will unavoidably happen under the Buhari-led government in 2016”, he stated.
On what to expect in the labour sector, the Ekiti governor said “There will be so much industrial unrest, especially in the first quarter of the year”.
“There will be removal of fuel subsidy and petrol (PMS) will sell over and above N100/litre, leaving the masses in more serious hardship. Product will not be available and long queue in petrol stations will persist throughout the first quarter of 2016 and beyond”, Fayose predicted, adding “Power generation will drop to the lowest ebb. Still, Federal Government will increase tariff in 2016”.
He further stated that unemployment will worsen under the APC-led government as millions of jobs will be lost in 2016, contrary to the projection by the government that it will create three million jobs annually.
“Most States and Federal Government will retrench workers as evident in the over 2,000 Federal University workers already sacked”, he added.
On what to look out for in the economy next year, Mr. Fayose said “Most private owned middle-class businesses will fold up because of bad economic policies of the Buhari-led government.
“The Naira will continue to have a free fall which will take it to as low as N320 to one Dollar.
“The Buhari-led FG will have no solution to country’s economic problems”.
On the war against insurgency, the governor said “Boko Haram will keep spreading and the Shiite Muslims will get more emboldened” while human rights abuses and disobedience to court orders will be the order of the day, giving rise to dictatorship.
The tenth thing on the list he said would happen in 2016 under Buhari that he wants Nigerians to take note of is the anti-corruption war, which he predicted would be marred by insincerity, adding “the fight will not only be selective and political, but targeted more at Southerners”.
He also warned that attempts to “forcefully control any of the South South States of Akwa Ibom, Rivers and Bayelsa by the APC” in 2016 will lead to unprecedented deaths.
With the 2016 budget estimate presented to a joint sitting of the National Assembly on Tuesday predicated on an oil benchmark of $38/barrel, Governor Fayose said “Crude oil price will fall to below and about $30 per barrel”.
On what to look out for with regards to the media, the anointed “leader of opposition governors” said the masses, especially those in the media profession, will revolt against the FG’s plot to deny Nigerians of their rights to freedom of expression.
“There will wide condemnations by Nigerians and the International community against President Buhari’s human rights abuses and disobedience to court orders”, he said.
He also harped on the plot to unseat Dr. Bukola Saraki as Senate President, saying in 2016, the plot will not only fail, “but will heat the polity”.
Alluding to a newspaper headline where President Buhari was quoted as advising Nigerians to brace up for more hardships in 2016, Governor Fayose said “this obviously negates the change Nigerians voted for”.
On the purported plot by the APC to take control of at least one South South state, the governor warned that the move will lead to death of many people particularly in Rivers and Akwa Ibom States, where he predicted re-run elections would hold in 2016.
The ghost of Halliburton scandal, he noted, may be revisited in 2016 just as he predicted that the court will sack Kogi State Governor-elect, Alhaji Yahaya Bello.
On the January 9 supplementary election in Southern Ijaw local government area of Bayelsa State, Gov. Fayose said the PDP candidate and incumbent Governor Seriake Dickson will win the poll just as he predicted victory for embattled Governor of Taraba State, Arc. Darius Ishaku at the Court.
Last but not the least on his 20 happenings to expect under the Buhari-led government in 2016, Governor Fayose said there would be “subtle political alignment and realignment before the end of the year ahead of 2019 elections”.