Fayose react over military invasion of Nnamdi Kanu’s residence

Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state has accused the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led federal government of becoming an authoritarian regime which cannot tolerate opposition. 

Fayose made the statement on Monday, September 11, when reacting to the reported attack on the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu, and his supporters in Umuahia, Abia state by military men, Vanguard reports.

The governor said it was time to ask the federal government what the Igbo people have done to deserve mistreatment. “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 bail 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. Fayose dismissed the defence by the military that IPOB members blocked their right of way and were the first to attack. 

He said that was the same excuse that was given when the army attacked Ibrahim el-Zakyzaky in Zaria, Kaduna state, during which hundreds of people were killed. “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. The governor described the reported attack on Kanu’s residence as another plot by the government to descend on whoever is perceived as the opposition. He said nobody can cage him, noting that neither threat of imprisonment nor death can gag him. “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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