The former governor of Anambra State, Chief Chukwuemeka Ezeife has faulted the Federal Government for pushing people of the South-East out of Nigeria.
The ex-governor of Anambra pointed fingers at the Buhari-led administration for showing favoritism hence the cause of the endless struggle for secession.
DailyPost reported that Ezeife asked the Federal Government to exercise caution in handling the treason charge filed against Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), and urged the government to follow the law in prosecuting the secessionist leader.
“Let me advise the federal government, they must be careful in dealing with this case. The detention and actions of the federal government against the southeast has raised Nnamdi Kanu’s prestige and reputation,” he said.
“Nnamdi Kanu is now seen as the authentic leader of the southeast. If you conduct a referendum today, eighty percent of people will be voting for biafra. Federal government needs to be careful and go strictly by the law. Government has been pushing southeast out of Nigeria, and the young men are reacting to it”.
In other news, Chukwuemeka Ezeife has distanced himself from alleged report linking him and Ohanaeze Ndigbo with the repatriation and subsequent re-arraignment of the IPOB leader.
He claimed that certain angry individuals were on a destructive mission to smear his reputation as a result of his constant critiques of the Nigerian government’s mistreatment of people of Igbo descent in the southeast.
“I do not think Ohanaeze had anything in getting Nnamdi Kanu arrested. Of course, there had been manufactured stories putting my name as leader of a group of Ohanaeze members that lured Nnamdi Kanu to arrest. Infact, it is surprising that such a thing can come out.
“The reports they are giving about the arrest, nobody is sure where the arrest was done. Is it in London, Ethiopia, Kenya etc, all these have been mentioned, where the arrest was done. Remember that, to lure anybody to a place, you have to be there. I have not left Nigeria this year. It is rarely criminal to allege that Ohanaeze lured Nnamdi Kanu to where he was arrested.
“I think there is a group that is trying to tarnish my image, because I have seen many things in WhatsApp that bore my name when I don’t know anything about the post. It has been so frequent in the last few days, and I began to wonder, as to the conspiracy by some groups against me”.