'I Consider Talking to Buhari's CSO An Insult' - Fayose
Fayose, who is a known critic of the President, said he refused to speak with the President’s security chief to whom his calls to the Presidential Villa were diverted, because he considered it an “insult”.
Fayose, who spoke in an interview, said he has only met twice with the President since he assumed office on May 29, 2015.
“Well, we met twice or so during the Council of State meetings. There is nothing personal. I represent Ekiti State, he represents Nigeria. That is the basis of our interaction. Nothing personal.”
Asked if he had said as much as ‘hello’ to the President, Fayose added: “No.”
“For me, during our meeting, whenever any issue arose and I felt I should make a contribution, I raised my hand and spoke. That is it.
“I remember I tried to call him several times before he took ill. Then, there was this day I called again and the switchboard told me that any call from me must be diverted to President Buhari’s Chief Security Officer (CSO). And I felt that was very insulting.
“The CSO to the President is an ordinary policeman, who I assume, is just a little over and above my own CSO. I am a governor, a governor of a state. I felt that was an insult to the people of Ekiti State I represent.
“Yes my calls to him (the President) were diverted twice to the CSO. I refused to talk to the CSO because I consider it insulting”, he stated.