The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has frowned at the comment allegedly made by the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
He asked the former Lagos State governor, who is said to be aspiring to become president after President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023, to stop spreading falsehood against the Igbo race.
A video trending on some media platforms had shown Tinubu, in an apparent bid to absolve Fulani herdsmen of culpability in the murder of Funke Olakunrin, the daughter of Afenifere leader, Pa Reuben Fasoranti, asked if Evans the kidnapper was also a Fulani herdsman.
Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike also known as Evans, who hails from the South East and currently being prosecuted for his alleged crimes, has been adjudged by many to be one of the most dangerous kidnappers Nigeria has ever known.
But Kanu, who felt Tinubu’s reference to Evans in a murder case herdsmen are being accused of, was to suggest Igbo or other tribes might have been responsible for the act, said the APC leader “disappointed and disgraced the noble Yoruba ancestry” for making such comment.
In a statement he signed himself and released through IPOB’s media and publicity secretary, Emma Powerful, and titled, “Tinubu stop spreading anti-Igbo falsehood”, Kanu said:
“Tinubu, you cannot sacrifice the blood of your brethren on the shrine of your greed, conceit and unbridled 2023 presidential political ambition. You have disappointed and disgraced the noble Yoruba ancestry, by allowing your self-centered avarice and ego to stifle the aspirations and destiny of your people.
“I must remind you today that your Fulani masters will never do for you what you are slavishly doing for them. You know in your heart of hearts that murderous Fulani herdsmen are culpable in the brutal murder of a Yoruba daughter and that Igbos had no hand in the Ore Highway Massacre.
“An influential Yoruba newspaper, reported that nearby villagers, who are Yorubas, informed police that the killer Fulani herdsmen have their base in a nearby forest.
“These are eye witness account from Yoruba people living in the surrounding areas where the tragic incident occurred. Or are you saying the villagers can no longer distinguish between a gun wielding Fulani terrorist and an Igbo man?
“Your unguarded utterances only succeeded in doing more harm to the Fasoranti family, insulting the memory of their daughter and will be seen for what it is, an affront to the dignity of the Yoruba race. Do not behave like a Fulani Lackey!!!
“The fate of Afonja and loss of Illorin a Yoruba territory to the Fulani conquistadors in years gone by should have taught you and your likes a bitter historical lesson but it seems you are hell-bent on repeating the mistakes of the past.
“Do not be devoid of shame, honour and dignity which are the hallmarks of a true statesman. The Fulani that you serve so foolishly will never shed one drop of Fulani blood for people like you. They will never concede ‘their’ Presidency to a lewd unequal.”