The spokesman of the President-elect, Bola Tinubu in the South-East, Dr. Josef Onoh has accused a former Governor of Anambra State, Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife of making provocative comments and brewing tension among the friendly peoples of the South-East and South-West.
According to Onoh, it was not statesmanlike for the status of Ezeife to make media comments capable of inflaming passion to cause ethnic strife in Lagos State and other parts of Nigeria, simply because he wanted to stress his ethnicity.
It would be recalled that Ezeife, had in an interview, blamed the people of the South-West for the electoral disturbances in Lagos State and other alleged clashes reported after the presidential and governorship elections in the state.
Onoh said that the comments made by Ezeife were disappointing and not befitting of his level of exposure and urged the security agencies to rise up to the duty of averting national crisis because of ‘inciting and derogatory comments such as the ones he accused the former governor of making.
Onoh said: “It’s disappointing that a so-called elder statesman has reduced the respect his age and position in life accorded him, whereas he was supposed to lead the new generation of Nigerians. Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife’s comments were not only derogatory but inflammatory and capable of threatening the unity of Nigeria. I’m disgusted that such a respectable person can mobilize against another ethnic group.
“There may have been pockets of violence in Lagos as it was in other states during the election, but when an elder statesman that is saddled with the responsibility of uniting Nigeria turns himself into a tool for destabilization of Nigeria, I become ashamed to share the same decade with him.
“For him to be telling the vulnerable public that Peter Obi will be sworn in is only aiming to arm the gullible segment of the public against the constituted authority and the consequence of his utterances, if not checked, may create a state of anarchy and I urge him to refrain from further making such utterances in future and allow the Judges to do their work because Peter Obi has not appointed him to be a Judge.
“Ezeife has never hidden his dislike for Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, but he is now using irrelevant issues to foster divide and create instability and violence, inciting violence through his utterances, hiding in the guise of an activist.
“He has made himself an aspirant without a political party because he is now making the fight worse than Peter Obi who came third in the election and is in court, but Ezeife is now taking the fight as if he was the candidate in question. So Ezeife is a case of an aspirant without a political party. He is publicizing a false narrative without evidence.”
Onoh also cautioned Nigerians in Diaspora who do not reside within the country but use social media to inflame passion, promoting unverified information and false narratives to desist from the act.
He equally urged the Federal Government to place guidelines that would ensure responsible use of social media, which he said was getting out of hand, particularly on the Instagram.
“I call on the security agencies to live up to their core values of maintaining the unity of the country and persons involved in incendiary comments should be arrested because a nation without enforceable laws is no nation and at this point, enough should be enough.
“All these elements are trying to create a phantom ethnic problem between the Yoruba and the Igbo, between the Labour party and the APC and these are all agents of doom. Whether they like it or not, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu is our President-elect and come May 29th will be the President of a united Nigeria anybody who has reservations should go to court to prove it instead of mounting the social media to rant and stimulate unrest,” Onoh said.