Any further massacre of Igbos will be more disastrous than 1966 – Fani-Kayode


Chief Femi Fani- Kayode has lambasted the Convener of the Coalition of Northern Politicians, Academics, Professionals and Businessmen, Dr. Junaid Mohammed, describing his comments that President Muhammadu Buhari owes Igbos nothing as most insensitive, cruel and Puerile.

Fani-Kayode, who is the the Former Director of Publicity, Peoples Democratic Presidential Campaign Organisation, PDPPCO, warned that a repeat of the massacre of Igbos as witnessed in 1966 would receive severe consequences.

This is also as several other Igbo groups, including the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, have also accused the President Muhammadu Buhari led government of marginalizing the people of the region.

Buhari is being accused of neglecting the South-East zone in most of the appointments he had made so far.

Dr. Junaid Mohammed, had in an interview in one of the national dailies dismissed the statement by a former Governor of Anambra State that the Igbo have not been treated fairly in the governance of Nigeria.

 Junaid who noted that people of the Igbo nation have enjoyed favourable treatment, said it was wrong to reward the Igbo simply on the basis of the Nigerian Civil War, which lasted between 1967 and 1970.

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.

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“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.”

But in a reaction on Monday, Fani- Kayode maintained that his statements that If the igbo feel marginalised they should attempt to break away again, was most uncharitable and careless, warning that if there was any attempt to butcher the Ibos or a repeat of what happened in 1966, it would be resisted by not only the Igbos, but by all Nigerians, with attempt to secede, which according to him, would be successful.

According to him, the like of Junaid must learn from history, our mistakes, preach peace and peaceful coexistence, rather that boast and beat our chests for yet another round of war.

He said, “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.

“I dare say 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.”

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