The Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, on Monday made it clear that the people of the south-eastern part of the country have become an endangered species.
Fayose said this while reacting to the death of more than 30 Igbo protesters, mainly members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), who were killed bu men of the Nigerian Army on Monday.
According to him, it appeared that President Muhammadu Buhari was turning the people of the South East and South South to “politically endangered species.”
The Governor therefore called on the international community to take note of the reckless killings being perpetrated by the Buhari-led All Progressives Congress (APC) government.
Mr. Fayose said this via a statement by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, stating that there was no justification whatsoever for the killing of over 30 Igbo protesters just because they were marking “Biafra Day in memory of the former leader of the defunct Biafra Republic, the late Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu”, adding that it was a matter of concern that the advent of Buhari’s administration has only helped to increase the division among Nigerians.
He went on to say that the manner in which civil unrests were handled under the government was giving rise to more security problems in the nation. Although he expressed belief in the unity of Nigeria, Fayose said it was unspeakable for security men to have used live ammunition against the Igbo protesters. The governor said:
“To even justify the killing by claiming that the Igbo youths protest was orchestrated in order to mar the first anniversary of Buhari’s government is to say the least, wicked and animalistic”.
Continuing, he said it was worrisome that more than 150 Igbo youths had been killed by Nigerian security operatives under the directive of Buhari’s government from August 30, 2015 till date. His words:
“It appears that President Buhari has made up his mind to eliminate as many South East and South South people as possible and lovers of the corporate existence of Nigeria and its people should call the president to order.”
“I am alarmed that Nigerians who were only on peaceful protest could be shot at and killed by security agents and after the senseless killing of innocent Nigerians, security agents could demonstrate their heartlessness by coming up with justifications for the criminal act.
“One is however not surprised because every evil perpetrated by the Buhari-led government against Nigerians, especially those the presidents appears to hate have been justified by those who perpetrated them.
“We were in this country when over 1,000 Shiite Muslims were killed and buried overnight in Zaria, Kaduna State and the murder was justified. We were also here when over 400 Agatus were killed in Benue State and the President said nothing.”
Fayose strongly condemned the Monday killing, saying its justification is barbaric, heartless, crude and must be condemned by all lovers of unity of Nigeria and its people.
He finally sympathized with the people of the South Eastern part of Nigeria and urged them to remain resolute in their agitation for a Nigeria in which all Nigerians are treated equally irrespective of their tribe and religion.