The Nigerian Democratic Youth Front (NDYF) has warned the Federal Government of the dangers of indulging former minister of Aviation and chieftain of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC), Femi Fani-Kayode and his insensitive and inciting comments.
The group also warned the Nigeria Police and Department of State Security (DSS) to stop dilly-dallying and arrest Fani-Kayode before his “injudicious, uncultured and inflammatory speeches” sparks widespread civil disturbance and national insecurity.
NDYF sounded the warning at a press conference on Thursday in Abuja.
The president, Dr. Gideon Obong, and Secretary General, Usman Ahmed Yahaya, who addressed the conference, said Fani-Kayode’s recent unguarded statement that Muslims in Nigeria would have become an endangered species if the presidential candidate of Labour Party (LP) Peter Obi had been declared winner of the presidential election was uncalled-for.
The group warned that history has shown that wars often start as verbal altercations before progressing into physical duels.
They said, “Fani-Kayode had in one of his recent senseless rants on Twitter attempted to defame Mr. Obi before our Muslim brothers and sisters by gloating that the purported leaked telephone conversation between him and Bishop David Oyedepo of the Living Faith Church makes him unfit to lead a multi-religious, multi-ethnic, multicultural state as a hater of non-Christians.
“FFK threw away dignity and morality to spew venomous comments against Obi to please his paymasters ostensibly for speaking for the interest of Muslims and other non-Christians. Ironically, Fan-Kayode, who is the one setting Nigeria up for another civil war with his inciting comments has no moral basis to allege that Obi would have plunged Nigeria into a religious war within a few months if he had emerged President.
”His hatred for Obi and inordinate desperation to please his paymasters did not allow him to be in tune with the reality – Peter Obi’s media aide, Valentine Obienyem, has since discredited the purported leak audio saying his principal’s conversation with Oyedepo was ‘badly doctored’.
But a man driven by avarice and prejudice like Femi Fani-Kayode would even feign ignorance to get his already dirty self dirtier for scrubs.
“Several groups, including the Free Nigeria Movement have fingered Fani-Kayode’s party, the APC for being behind the failed blackmail. FFK, particularly, wasted no time feasting on the stinking carcass of the poorly scripted blackmail. Similar insensitive comments by Fani-Kayode and his ilk fuelled unprecedented violence against non-Yoruba voters in Lagos State at the just-concluded governorship poll. Several lives were lost, no thanks to Femi’s injudicious, uncultured and inflammatory speeches. His unruly behaviour makes one wonder why such a despicable and disastrous fellow was appointed to speak for the presidential campaign council of a ruling party.
“The Federal Government is endangering the unity of the country by tolerating his insensitive razzmatazz. His incessant incisive comments are setting the ground for Nigeria’s disintegration. He needs to be quarantined out of sight for an urgent mental evaluation.
“The APC government may choose the continued engagement of the folly and foolhardiness of Femi Fani-Kayode at the risk of widespread civil disturbance and national insecurity. FFK has earned the inglorious reputation of the worst threat to our national unity, peace and security.”
The group called on the Nigeria Police and the Department of State Security to arrest Femi Fani-Kayode within 48 hours before he sets the country in flames.
They enjoined Nigerians, especially Muslims, to disregard Fani-Kayode’s fictitious, malicious and hallucinatory claim that Obi hates Muslims and non-Christians, adding that Fani-Kayode is a well-known mentally deranged fellow who should not be taken seriously.