Ekiti State Governor Ayo Fayose has dunked the accusation that he is funding the pro-Biafra organisation, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
This followed the allegation by the Ekiti State chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC) that he was giving financial and logistics support to IPOB and its leader, Nnamdi Kanu.
The party had urged the nation’s security agencies and the International Police (INTERPOL) to investigate the Governor’s alleged support for IPOB.
The Nigerian Army last week declared IPOB a terrorist organisation following the seizure of weapons by the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) suspected to belong to the group.
In a statement Ekiti APC Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatunbosun, said Fayose “demonstrated the seriousness of his support for the collapse of Nigeria” when the Governor released his telephone number and email address on April 27 to those interested in the Biafra cause to contact him.
According to Olatunbosun, the telephone number and the email address Fayose released to the public for identifying with the Biafra struggle are: 070300000393 and email: email@example.com.
He described the Governor’s action as a “treasonable act”.
But Fayose dismissed the allegation of funding IPOB and its leader Nnamdi Kanu, describing it as a ruse.
The Governor said: “The APC is hallucinating” by accusing him of giving financial and logistics support to the separatist group.
The Governor wondered why the state’s opposition was accusing him of sponsoring IPOB while he condemned the alleged killing of its members during what he called a military crackdown and occupation of the Southeast.
Fayose said: “We cannot all be cowed. The militarisation of Nigeria, being witnessed now, can only be likened to 1984 when Buhari was military Head of State.
“Killing people in the Southeast just because some people are agitating is wrong. I wonder why none of our so-called human rights activists is talking.