Former Director of Publicity, Peoples Democratic Presidential Campaign Organisation, Chief Femi Fani- Kayode has slammed the Convener of the Coalition of Northern Politicians, Academics, Professionals and Businessmen, Dr. Junaid Mohammed, over his recent comments that President Muhammadu Buhari owes Igbos nothing.
In a message to Vanguard, Fani- Kayode said Mohammed’s statement that If the Igbo feel marginalised they should attempt to break away again, was most uncharitable and careless. He warned that if there was any attempt to kill the Igbos again, it would be resisted by not only the Igbos, but by all Nigerians. Attempt to secede in this condition, according to Fani-Kayode, would be successful.
He advised Junaid to learn from history, our mistakes, preach peace and peaceful coexistence rather than make statements that can bring war.
“Given the immense suffering that the Igbo were subjected to both before, during and after the civil war this is one of most insensitive, cruel and puerile comments that I have heard in recent times,” said Fani-Kayode.
“I daresay that if Junaid Mohammed’s Nigeria ever butchers over 100,000 innocent Igbo civilians again, as they did in the north in 1966 just before the civil war, there will indeed be another attempt to secede, but this time it will not only be successful, but they will also take many others with them.
“Rather than boast and beat our chests, we must learn from our history and we must never repeat its mistakes.”
Junaid Mohammed had said: “If it is about Buhari making the appointments based on merit, I have no problems with it. I don’t believe Buhari or Nigeria owes any Igbo anything. I don’t care what Ezeife says; if they had seceded, there would have been no Nigeria today. As people who acted outside the interest of Nigeria as a country, to expect compensation is a very odd logic.
“If the Igbo don’t like it, they can attempt secession again. If they do, they must be prepared to live with the consequences. Nobody owes them anything and nobody is out to compensate them for anything.”