Governor Ayodele Fayose has received a heroic welcome from the Igbo community in Ekiti state for identifying with the pro-Biafra leader, Nnamdi Kanu in court.
Igbo residents in Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti state capital on Thursday, evening April 27, welcomed the governor back to the state after his trip to Abuja to attend Kanu’s trial with singing and dancing to appreciate what they describe as a deed that can only be done by one who truly loves them as a brother, Vanguard reports.
The president of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Ekiti state, Chief Nathaniel Uzomah, said the Igbo people made a good choice when they conferred the title ‘Nwanne di Nanmba’ on Fayose.
“We have come to appreciate you for identifying with our dear brother, Nnamdi Kanu. We have called you Nwanne di Nanmba, meaning our brother from a distant land for this singular act, you have proved to be our own brother indeed,” he said.
Responding, Fayose said he identified with Kanu because he believed the pro-Biafra leader was being unfailry treated.
According to the governor, he stood for the unity of the country and would not support any attempt to oppress Nigerians.
“We are Nigerians and this country belongs to all of us. I don’t want the division of this country but the unity. But as much as we don’t want the division of this country we don’t want oppression. We are not in military era. Not in 1984, we are in a 21st century when only dialogue is the way forward in a situation that we have found ourselves,” he said.
Fayose asked Buhari to show mercy to all the people in jail now just as God has shown mercy to him by granting him recovery after he has been sick.
He called on the president to show mercy to Kanu, Dansuki, ElZakzay and others.
”We have to come together and dialogue on how we can be together. We cannot continue to jettison the fact that all Is not well. A lot of people are not happy. We are from different ethnic backgrounds. We have to come together and dialogue.
” We cannot say we would use force to make people believe in what we want them to believe in. And the moment you try to stop people from agitating, you would be creating more problems. You don’t know what would happen tomorrow, an Hausaman is there today. An Ijaw man was there yesterday, another person would be there tommorow.
“But if the framework is there for everyone to co-exist as a nation, it would be easy for us to stay together. As it is now, all is not well. I went to court to identify with Nnamdi Kanu because I felt that he is currently being unjustly treated. If nobody stands for somebody, they would think it is normal for them to continue to oppress us,” the governor said.
He criticised former president Olusegun Obasanjo for keeping quiet while the federal government is persecuting the opposition.
Meanwhile, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has condemned the bail conditions granted its incarcerated leader, Nnamdi Kanu by Justice Binta Nyako of an Abuja Federal High Court.
We gathered that IPOB in a statement by its spokespersons, Barrister Emma Nmezu, Dr Clifford Chukwuemeka Iroanya claimed that President Muhammadu Buhari wrote the bail conditions and handed them over to Justice Nyako who read them in court.
Recall that Kanu, who is currently facing trial alongside three other pro-Biafra agitators, Chidiebere Onwudiwe, Benjamin Madubugwu, and David Nwawuisi before the Justice Nyako-led court was on Tuesday April 25 granted bail on health grounds.
The trial judge, however, gave some stringent conditions which the IPOB leader must meet before perfecting his bail.