Former House of Representatives speaker, Ghali Na’Abba, has given his full backing to the federal government’s actions against Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), and Sunday Igboho, Yoruba activist.
The former speaker, who is the leader of the Nigeria Consultative Front (NCFront), made this statement in reaction to a statement by Olawale Okunniyi, the forum’s secretary.
It would be recalled that Okunniyi had reportedly said that the NCFront would defend the Yoruba nation protesters in court.
The police had arrested 49 suspects at the ‘Yoruba nation’ rally, held in the Ojota area of Lagos state.
But Na’abba on Monday said Okunniyi’s statement was a personal one as he and most members of the forum’s committee are in support of the government’s actions.
In a report on Daily Trust, Na’ aba said that the federal government has taken the right decision to go after them and that the forum would not hide behind human rights to defend “criminals”.
“The issue of Kanu and Igboho is very controversial. However, I believe what the government did by way of going after them is supported by almost every Nigerian. Nobody in this country should be allowed to perpetrate these kind things,” he said.
“Therefore, the government has the full support of myself and most of the members of the steering committee of NCFront. So, what was released by the national secretary was personal to him, it’s never supported by anyone especially myself.
“We’re not supporting them, we’re supporting the measures taken by the federal government. We’re not going to support anything that’s detrimental to the state. We’re not going to hide behind the issue of human rights to defend criminals, people whose actions have threatened law and order in the country.”