A chieftain of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Delta state, Chief Sunny Onuesoke, has said he regretted knowing second republic lawmaker, Junaid Mohammed, over his recent statement against Independent People of Biafra (IPOB).
Reacting to the statement, Chief Onuesoke said: “I regret knowing Junaid Mohammed over the statement he made against IPOB.
“It’s unfortunate that a man of his status, whom I respected so much, could use such a statement against a group of people fighting for their right.
“Such a divisive statement should not have emanated from a man who calls himself an elder-statesman.”
Onuesoke further stated: “In times like this, when our nation is going through hard times, statements like this will only result in heating up the polity and creating room for disunity.
Junaid Mohammed, in his statement compelled the Independent People of Biafra (IPOB) to start a civil war, calling them “bastards” if they fail to do so.
The statement which Junaid Mohammed made some days ago, according to Onuesoke, has generated so much criticism from Nigerians, with some describing it as a hate speech.
Still reacting to the statement made by the elder statesman, Chief Sunny Onuesoke argued that, “at the current state of the nation, we do not need statements that will promote the emblem of war, saying that, acts like this will only endanger our unity and co-existence as a united people.
“It will bring to null years of sacrifices as well as much efforts and struggles that have been given by patriotic Nigerians to keep us united.
He further noted that, the Unity and Peace of this Nation must remain a priority to all and “I strongly kick against anyone or thing, whatsoever that will jeopardize the continued peaceful coexistence and strengthening of Nigeria.
“As a people, we must seek the unity of this nation by all means. We must direct all our arsenals as a nation to maintaining peace and unity, only then can we progress as a nation.
“I strongly advise the likes of Junaid Mohammed to exercise caution in making statement of national importance, as most statements like this often comes with devastating cost that are far beyond expectations or intentions.”
He also called on Nigerians to shun any acts of violence or statements that tend to divide the nation along ethnic and religious line, stating that we are stronger together as a people and weaker when divided.
He urged Nigerians to be vigilant and ignore statements of war made by any person irrespective of their status or position.