Igbo people resident in Ekiti State on Thursday held a reception for Governor Ayodele Fayose for braving the odds to publicly identify with the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mr Nnamdi Kanu.
The people, who converged on Fajuyi Park, Ado-Ekiti to welcome Fayose back to the state after his trip to Abuja to attend Kanu’s trial, carried various placards euogising Fayose. Their leader, Chief Nathaniel Uzomah, who is also the President, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Ekiti State, said the Igbo people made a good choice when they conferred the title ‘Nwanne di Nanmba’ on Fayose.
He said the governor had lived up to expectations by not abandoning them and standing up for justice for all.
”We gave you the title Nwanne di Nanmba and we regret it not. You have proved to be a true and real friend of Igbo people. For our country to fulfill its potentials, we must devise a civilised manner of removing issues. If there is a problem, what is needed is a roundtable discussion to thrash out the issue. Former President Goodluck Jonathan conveved a National Confab and the decisions are yet to be implemented. Your Excellency sir, you are standing for us and being the voice of the voiceless
In the entire Eastern part of the country, they are celebrating you,” he said.
Fayose,in his response, said he is for the oneness and unity of the country and would not support any attempt to balkanise it.
“We are together so as to talk together. People have the right to express themselves. There must be reasons for us to dialogue or there will be danger, as everybody is complaining. Our economy is in bad state because we are not taking everybody along. Nnamdi Kanu should be released unconditionally,” he said.
Fayose therefore called on President Muhammadu Buhari to show mercy to Kanu, former National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki and the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky by releasing them from detention.
He opined that force would never stop people from agitating, but that dialogue would go a long way in resolving knotty issues.
He clarified that he was not involved in heping Kanu to secure bail as laid down by the Federal High Court, Abuja that admitted him to bail.
Sunday, July 23 2017, 5:56 am
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