Biafra: Fayose calls Federal Government to step gently in handling IPOB

Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has come out once again to call on Federal Government to step gently in handling the ongoing agitation of the Indigenous People of Biafra, (IPOB).

He said that the elders of the South East should be given space to resolve the issue politically instead of using force, and all these have obviously chased peace out of Abia State and the entire South East since Operation Python Dance II started by the Nigerian Military.

In a statement on Saturday,  through Lere Olayinka, a spokesperson for the governor, Ayodele Fayose also called the IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu and his followers to desist from any act capable of threatening the peaceful co-existence of Nigerians and allow dialogue to resolve their agitations.

The governor said the federal government should be reminded of how late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua handled the Niger Delta militancy with dialogue and consultations, adding that the same approach should be used to address IPOB agitations and those of others rather than military option.

The governor said; “For whatever reasons, the federal government should avoid being seen as becoming trigger happy because in every union, there will always be agitations and leaders must listen to such agitations and address them.

“I was particularly happy when Governors of the South-East states met with Nnamdi Kanu, 16 days ago and I commended the governors then and said that the federal government should allow the governors and other leaders of the region to intervene just as governors from the Northern States were allowed to peacefully address the Arewa Youths threat against Igbos living in the north.

“The federal government should therefore withdraw the military from the Southeast and encourage the peace effort of the Southeast governors so as to prevent further bloodshed and tension as being witnessed in Abia State now.”

Maintaining that Nigerians will always agitate for the restructuring of the country, Governor Fayose said; “The moment it becomes necessary for Nigerians living outside their states of origin to be assured of their safety where they reside, it should be obvious to all discerning minds that all is not well.

“For instance, here in Ekiti, we do not need to begin to assure other tribes living in the State of their safety because as a government, our actions never threatened the peaceful co-existence of Nigerians living in Ekiti State.

“Therefore, instead of trying to suppress agitations, the federal government should accede to calls for the restructuring of the country so that we can have a country that we can all call our own.”