Tuesday, 12 September 2017

South-East governors express worry over clash between soldiers, IPOB members | Fayose Condemns Army’s invasion of Nnamdi Kanu’s house

South-East governors on Monday expressed worry over the alleged altercation between the Nigerian Army and members of the Indigenous People of Biafra.

Director of Information of the Southeast Governors’ Forum Secretariat, Mike Udah, said the peace moves by the governors has been shattered by the incident.

“The Southeast governors are worried that the relationship between the leadership of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and the government is degenerating into this kind of ugly situation.

“They did not want this kind of situation to occur and that was why they invited the IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu, with Prof. Ben Nwabueze to their meeting in Enugu. So, they are working to ensure that such situation does not reoccur.

“The Southeast governors do not want a situation where the South East would be seen as working against the Federal Government. They don’t want a situation where there would be a breakdown of law and order. They don’t want a situation where it will appear that there is a strained relationship between the people of Southeast and the Federal Government.

“The Southeast governors want peace and amicable resolution of whatever is the problem between the two parties. That was why they invited the IPOB leader, Kanu and Prof. Ben Nwabueze the other time to their meeting in Enugu.”

The governors, however, appealed to the Federal Government to handle the situation in a mature way.

“They will continue to meet with other pro-Biafra and Igbo groups with a view to ensuring that there is peace in the land. Southeast governors are worried that the ugly situation that took place in Abia State could re-occur,” he added.

Ekiti State governor, Ayodele Fayose has also condemned the alleged attack. He stated this in Ado-Ekiti yesterday, while fielding questions from newsmen.

Fayose said the FG ought to have waited for the court to pronounce its judgement on the move to revoke Nnamdi Kanu’s bail.

“The invasion is condemnable and the present government is becoming authoritarian. It is proving not to be a peaceful one. The government is also operating double standards. They went to court to revoke his ball and they can’t be patient enough for the court to decide on the matter.

“We need dialogue. People have to ask the FG what the Igbo people have done to deserve all this. Even if they have done anything wrong, they should be forgiven. The matter we have on hand is beyond Kanu,” he stated.

He added that the military’s defence was the same it gave when they attacked Ibrahim el-Zakyzaky in Zaria, Kaduna State.

“Up until now, the man has been in detention and the defence by the military in Kanu’s case is similar and we would not be fooled again. They are also flying a kite that they are clamping down on hate speech, the question is what constitutes hate speech?”, he asked.

“This is nothing but another plot to descend on whoever they perceive as the opposition. As for me, nobody can cage me. The threat of imprisonment or death can not gag me. Their attempt at muzzling the opposition will fail. For me, I will continue to be the voice of the opposition,” he said.

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