The Governor of Ekiti State, Mr Ayodele Fayose, has commended the South-East Governors for hosting a meeting with the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Prince Nnamdi Kanu.
The South-East Governors Forum had on Wednesday, August 30, held a meeting with Prince Kanu at the Government House Enugu to deliberate on the issue of Biafra agitation.
Governor Fayemi maintained that the meeting provided an opportunity for the entire Igbo to key in otherwise, according to him, “they will remain guinea pig as long as this country exists.”
He advised the Federal Government to see to reason and allow political solutions to agitations by Nigerians instead of using brute force.
Expressing commitment to the call for total restructuring of Nigeria by way of dialogue and negotiation, Gov Fayose said the thought it may be too late for Nigeria to disintegrate, APC’s type of restructuring would be totally unacceptable.
He, however accused President Muhammadu Buhari’s actions and utterances for being responsible for the current agitations and call for separation in the country.
The speech delivered in Ado Ekiti yesterday, Thursday, August 31, to newsmen reads in parts thus –
“(I’m) particularly glad that South-East governors have come to the realization that they cannot ignore their own in times like these as agitations are normal and must not be ignored, although the approach should be handled with caution….
The father figure of this country is president Buhari and, if his language does not represent unity, there will be agitations like we are seeing now. A father figure rallies even the bad boys in his house. The utterances and actions of Buhari, when he became president, were against the unity of this country.
How can a president say he will only attend to the needs of those who gave him 97 percent vote and neglect others who did not vote for him? For Nigeria to move forward and in unity, there must be no sectionalism, there must be no oppression and there must be justice and equity….”
Concerning the meeting, Gov Fayose said –
“This meeting has provided a veritable platform, which the Igbo must key into otherwise they will remain guinea pig as long as this country exists.
That Eze Israel Kanu, father of the IPOB leader, Nnamdi and elder statesman, Prof. Ben Nwabueze, 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 and IPOB.
While 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 the All Progressives Congress kind of restructuring.”