Top Security Intelligence Report has unveiled the reasons why President Muhammadu Buhari, imposed traveling restriction on the duo of Governor Ayodele Fayose, of Ekiti State and his Rivers State counterpart, Nyesom Wike.
The report shows that the alleged ban on Fayose, might be connected to his constant criticism of Buhari.
An intelligence source disclosed on Wednesday, June 1, that apart from the numerous verbal attacks against the president and the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, the federal government at the centre, did not take kindly Fayose’s utterances during a recent visit to China.
According to the source, the presidency was almost brought down to its kneels, when Fayose wrote a letter to the Chinese government not to honour the recent loan deal, signed by the two sovereign governments.
The presidency has been uncomfortable with other statements by the governor, but was hampered by constitutional constraints to invite him for questioning.
“The federal government was both alarmed and embarrassed, when Fayose went to China to oppose the loan deal,” said the security source.
Although, the outspoken governor had last Tuesday, challenged the federal government to carry out the alleged plot preventing him from traveling out of the country, saying: “Under the federal system of government, state governors are not appendages of the president and as a leading opposition figure in Nigeria, he cannot be cowed by President Muhammadu Buhari and his agents”.
Fayose was said to have reacted to reports that two governors, one from the South-West and another from the South-South, had been placed on travel restrictions on Buhari’s orders, insisting at a press conference by his media aide, Lere Olayinka, that “whenever he wished to travel out of Nigeria, he will do so in the full glare of the public”.
Security sources also, revealed that Wike was placed under security watch and travel restriction, for slightly different reasons.
Wike, who had been engaged in a power struggle with his immediate predecessor and current Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, is being watched over the security situation in Rivers State, in particular the Niger Delta in general.
“The second governor is Wike. The suspicion against Wike with respect to the ongoing crisis in Niger Delta and the risk of what he might do outside the shores of the country,” the intelligence source said.
However, the source disclosed that there was a consensus that since Fayose had raised the alarm, the federal government might not be able to impose a travel ban, in order to also avoid a backlash from human rights groups and the international community.