Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, has advised the Federal Government to enter negotiation with the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to avoid another war in the country.
The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain also urged President Muhammadu Buhari’s government to deproscribe the separatist group.
Fani-Kayode’s gave the admonition in response to a new threat by IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu, on activating new options to achieve an independent state of Biafra.
“Our demand for a #referendum is now drawing closer to the point of moving on to urgent considerations of other options to restore #Biafra. Our people are ready. We’ve the means & wherewithal. What remains is the hour – the hour of reclaiming our manifest destiny, unilaterally,” Kanu was quoted to have said on Saturday.
The Federal Government had proscribed IPOB in 2017 for allegedly engaging in violent acts that threaten the unity and peace of the country.
But Fani-Kayode said Kanu’s new threat should be taken seriously to avert a major crisis in the country.
“This is a chilling and sinister warning. I know @MaziNnamdiKanu well & he does not speak lightly or make empty threats. I advise @MBuhari to take his words seriously.
“The North is on fire & the West is on the boil. If the East ignites with an armed struggle Nigeria is doomed.
“I call on the FG to deproscribe IPOB and enter into negotiations with its leader @MaziNnamdiKanu before it is too late. We must avoid war at all costs & BUILD A BRIDGE of peace, unity & love. Anything less is the road to Kigali & a very long, bloody & frightful 2nd civil war, ” the former minister tweeted on Saturday.
..I call on the FG to deproscribe IPOB and enter into negotiations with its leader @MaziNnamdiKanu before it is too late. We must avoid war at all costs & BUILD A BRIDGE of peace, unity & love. Anything less is the road to Kigali & a very long, bloody & frightful 2nd civil war.
— Femi Fani-Kayode (@realFFK) February 20, 2021