Victor Ogunje in Ado Ekiti
Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, has commended governors of the South-east states for their Wednesdayâ€™s meeting with the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.
He said: â€œThe meeting has provided a veritable platform which all Igbos must key into otherwise they will remain guinea pig as long as this country exists.â€
The governor, who appealed to the federal government to allow political solutions to agitations by Nigerians as against the use of brute force, which, he said had become the hallmark of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government, said he remained committed to the call for full and total restructuring of Nigeria through dialogue and negotiation because it was too late for Nigeria to disintegrate.
Special Assistant to the governor on Public Communications, Lere Olayinka, said in a statement issued in Ado Ekiti yesterday that Fayose said he was â€œparticularly glad that South-east governors have come to the realisation that they cannot ignore their own in times like this as agitations are normal and must not be ignored, although the approach should be handled with caution.â€
He blamed the actions and utterances of President Buhari for the agitations going on in the country, saying; â€œThe father figure of this country is President Buhari and if his language does not represents unity, there will be agitations like we are witnessing now.
â€œA father figure rallies even the bad boys in his house. His utterances and actions when he became President were against the unity of this country. How can a president say that he will only attend to the needs of those who gave him 97 per cent vote and neglect others who didnâ€™t vote for him.
â€œFor Nigeria to move forward and in unity; there must be no sectionalism, there must be no oppression and there must be justice and equity.â€
The governor, who commended the northern leaders for standing up to ensure that the Arewa youthsâ€™ quit notice against the Igbos in the North was resolved and withdrawn without necessarily arresting and detaining anyone, said; â€œI am sure that the same can be achieved by the Igbo leaders as arresting or re-arresting Kanu may be counterproductive as it may be perceived as vilification of the entire South-east geopolitical, zone and not necessarily Kanu as a person.â€
The statement read in part- â€œThis meeting has provided a veritable platform, which all Igbos must key into otherwise they will remain guinea pig as long as this country exists.
â€œThat His Royal Highness, Eze Israel Okwu Kanu, the father of the IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu and elder-statesman, Professor Ben Nwabueze (SAN), were part of the meeting is a sign of strong determination and unity on the part of the South-east leaders and their governors, which I believe will end up in the amicable resolution of all issues involved, especially by pro-Biafra activists, especially the IPOB.
â€œWhile I appeal to the federal government to allow political solutions to agitations by Nigerians as against the use of brute force, which, regrettably, has become the hallmark of this administration, I remain committed to the call for full and total restructuring of Nigeria through dialogue and negotiation. Even though it is too late for Nigeria to disintegrate, we do not need APC kind of restructuring.â€