Bayo Onanuga, Fani-Kayode’s ‘Inciting’ Speeches Against Igbos In Lagos Is A Reflection Of Tinubu's Government–Atiku Abubakar
Former vice-president and presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has lambasted the spokespersons for Tinubu/Shettima Presidential Campaign Council – Bayo Onanuga and Femi Fani-Kayode– over inciting speeches against Igbos in Lagos
In a statement by his Special Assistant on Public Communication, Mr. Phrank Shaibu, Atiku said the duo statements were a reflection of their principal who has chosen to keep mute over the violence in the state.
Atiku stated that the Nigerian constitution permits anyone in any part of the country to vote and be voted for regardless of religion, gender and tribe.
He said: “Bayo Onanuga, a hitherto respected journalist who claimed to have contributed to the fight against dictatorship, is now supporting injustice and attacks on the Igbo for daring to vote in Lagos. This is what happens when you associate yourself with Bola Tinubu. Your mind and soul get corrupted.
“For Fani-Kayode, a man who was Nnamdi Kanu’s handbag, he has suddenly become an ethnic supremacist, encouraging the suppression of the Igbo people in Lagos all in a bid to impress his paymaster. We never expected much from this Jekyll and Hyde.
“What the tribal bigots like Bayo Onanuga and Fani-Kayode will not tell you is that Ireti Kingibe, a Yoruba woman, has just been elected into the Senate to represent the FCT.
Atiku also berated Tinubu’s campaign for calling on the National Broadcasting Commission to fine TV and radio stations that continue to invite Peter Obi of the Labour Party for interviews challenging Tinubu’s legitimacy.
Atiku commended rights group, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), for asking a Federal High Court to bar the NBC from suspending the licence of broadcast stations
He said: “Tinubu’s campaign team has already given us a glimpse of what his administration will look like. It will be about the suppression of voters’ rights, unimaginable corruption, repression of freedom of speech, and a total compromise of government agencies.
“For a man who rose to power over the claim that he led the struggle for the actualization of the June 12 mandate, this is another Nigerian tragedy.”