By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The Tinubu/Southwest Media Veterans Support Group (TSMVSG) yesterday, raised alarm of alleged planned provocation and utterances to truncate the inauguration of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and Nigeria democracy.
TSMVSG raised the alarm in a statement made available to journalists in Ibadan by its spokesperson, Femi Odere in reaction to a viral video clip of comments by Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, the Chairman, Council of Elders of Ohaneze Ndigbo.
The group declared that with such comments from Chief Iwuanyanwu, there is the need for Nigerians, especially the Yorubas to resist any provocation towards truncating Nigeria democracy and the coming inauguration of the President elect, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
Specifically, the group stressed, “we should therefore, brace ourselves for more of these vituperation as the inauguration of President-elect Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu draws closer.”
It pointed out that the overarching game plan of those behind the provocative utterances , ” is to create a crisis atmosphere so that our democracy can be truncated”, saying, ” but we aware that what happened at the Soludo event was another one of those predetermined, calculated attempts to draw the ire of the Yoruba people in order to create an unstable sociopolitical atmosphere in the polity to achieve their pathological fixation for an Interim government. We’re too discerning to fall for that bait.
” Our attention has been drawn to the comments made by Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, the Chairman, Council of Elders of Ohaneze Ndigbo in a video clip that has gone viral. Chief Iwuanyanwu made these comments on Saturday, March 25th at a ceremony in Anambra State where he was a special guest of Governor Chukwuma Soludo’s one-year commemoration in office”, it said.
TSMVSG added, ” we urge our people to resist any attempt to be provoked because their overarching game plan is to create a crisis atmosphere so that our democracy can be truncated”.
” Let us continue to take the insults and abuses from the likes of Chief Iwuanyanwu while Asiwaju Tinubu and his team concentrate on an inauguration that will usher in a new dawn of unprecedented accomplishments across the country as he did in Lagos”.
In the video, Chief Iwuanyanwu reportedly said, “I want our people in Lagos to know that on Wednesday, I called a meeting of the Ohaneze Council of Elders worldwide and we x-rayed the events in Lagos…We have resolved that never, never again can we allow anybody to take the life of an innocent Igbo person. All of us are going to fight the person. Never again. We are going to fight the person.”
“We are in Nigeria. And we have invested in Nigeria. Our investments are so much. We are not going to take the pressure of people telling us to go. We are not going anywhere. And I want to tell those in Lagos to realize that there’s no war between us and Yorubas. Yorubas are just political rascals. And we’re going to handle them.”