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Ekiti State Governor Ayo Fayose has described the crackdown on members of the separatist group, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in the Southeast as “ethnic cleansing.”
Fayose accused President Muhammadu Buhari of bringing the full weight of military might on the Biafra agitators while suspected Fulani herdsmen unleashing terror in some parts of the country are left unchecked.
Describing the Nigerian military as “army of occupation,” Fayose called on the Federal Government to stop what he called “reckless abuse of human rights” in the Southeast.
The Ekiti governor spoke on Friday in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, while hosting the state People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Elders’ Caucus led by former Deputy Governor, Chief Paul Alabi, who came to express their support for the adoption of the deputy Governor, Prof. Kolapo Olusola, as the “sole candidate” for the 2018 governorship poll.
Fayose said: “I have said it earlier that this is beyond (Nnamdi) Kanu. That region entirely is embattled and challenged. But you know politics, time will tell.
“The wind blowing away your wife will blow you away one day. The wind blowing away your enemy today may blow you say one day. It is unfortunate that the Ibo people are suffering this kind of fate.
“The herdsmen wreaking havoc all over, and killing, what has the military done to deal with them. Has anyone of the herdsmen been prosecuted let alone giving them this kind of treatment.
“You went to court to revoke Kanu’s bail but you can’t even wait for the court to take decision before occupying his house. Nigeria is in trouble except the Lord helps us. When the wicked are in authority, the people suffers, when the righteous are there, the people rejoice.
“We are in a major dilemma. Buhari coming back to power as I have said before is like returning to the dark days of the 1984 in no time, because they want to gag Nigerians they came up with law against hate speech.”
He added: “I have said it before now that it is only God that can help the Igbo people. What I see going on the is ethnic cleansing, when you see the video clips of that occupation the behaviour of the soldiers it leaves much to be desired.
“But they cannot act like that without a whistle blower, somebody is behind them telling them go and cleanse the people. That is recklessness; human rights violation in Nigeria today is second to
none. And I hope the international community would not be quiet on this. It is unfortunate. © September 15, 2017

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