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Independence Day: Nothing much to celebrate –Fayose

Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State
Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State

Ekiti state Governor, Mr. Ayo Fayose, has opted for a low-key celebration of the 55th Independence Anniversary of Nigeria even as the date coincides with the 19th year of creation of the state.

Former military ruler, late Gen Sani Abacha announced the creation of Ekiti from the old Ondo state in his broadcast on October 1, 1996.

In its 19 years of existence, the state has been characterized by series of political crisis, resulting into its being ruled by an administrator in person of Brigadier Adetunji Idowu Olurin for six months during the regime of ex President Olusegun Obasanjo.

Altogether, the state has been governed by a total of seven people including civilian executive governors and military administrators.

The Governor, in a statement stated, Thursday, said “the people should enjoy their Independence Anniversary at home. What is the essence of coming to march and speaking grammar in this world when the people are hungry?

“I am not doing any march past anywhere; I am just going to read my address to the state; I am not coming to the stadium, I will just go round to the grassroots and talk to the people and spend that day with the people, the common people and enjoy the day with them.

“I am not going to go into any unnecessary celebration that in reality does not exist. So Ekiti at 19, we congratulate ourselves; Nigeria at 55, congratulations to Nigerians.”

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