- Mohammed threatens that any IPOB member who makes an attempt to attack the president will pay with his or her blood.
- Dismisses threat of murder.
A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP0, Femi Fani-Kayode has reacted to the comment made by a lawmaker in the second republic, Junaid Mohammed on the threat by the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) which said it will arrest President Muhammadu Buhari if he comes to Japan.
The president is currently in Japan for the 7th Tokyo International Conference on African Development which is between August 26th to 28th.
Mohammed stated that any IPOB member who makes any attempt to attack the president will pay with his or her blood.
Reacting to the former lawmaker’s statement, Fani-Kayode, a staunch critic of the ruling government said the comment means that Nigeria is sitting on the keg of gun powder.
“300 killed on July 29th, 1966, 30,000 killed during the northern pogroms from Oct. to Dec.1966., 3 million killed during the civil war between 1967-1970, Hundreds of thousands killed between 1970-2019.
“I do not support the idea of any physical attack on Buhari or anyone else but given Junaid Mohammed’s threat I am constrained to ask the following question: How much more IGBO blood do he and his ilk intend to spill and how many more IGBOS do they need to slaughter before their blood-lust is satisfied?
“When it gets to the point that an elder statesman like Junaid Mohammed talks about shedding the blood of IPOB members you know that we are sitting on a keg of gunpowder and that we are on the brink of a terrible conflagration which could be ignited by just one tiny spark,” he stated.
Speaking on his respect for the former lawmaker who has been consistent in his criticisms of Buhari, Fani-Kayode said it should be clearly understood that an attack on the Igbo will be regarded as an attack on the south.
“This is not 1966 and things are very different today. Any attempt to shed the blood of any southerner, for ANY reason, as a consequence of ANY plot or grand northern design will have catastrophic consequences.
While noting that violence and the shedding of innocent blood is not the way forward and the narrative of violence, homicide and murder has no place in a civilised society, the former minister said threat of murder should be ruled out.
“We can agree to disagree on issues and we may not even like one another but we should rule out threats of murder, mass murder, ethnic cleansing and genocide in all our discussions and debates and we should renounce and condemn them.
“You do not plan to kill those you disagree with. Only animals behave like that. I urge Junaid Mohammed to withdraw his statement and to join the rest of us in renouncing violence and bloodshed.”