Monday, March 27, 2023

UK condemns APC, Femi Fani-Kayode over threat to make Nigeria “ungovernable;” says 10 politicians on sanction list

We have a list, we are working through our list but we don’t publish those names.

• March 26, 2023
Femi Fani-Kayode and APC logo
Femi Fani-Kayode and APC logo

The government of the United Kingdom has condemned former minister of aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode (FFK), for saying Nigeria will be ungovernable if the victory of President-elect Bola Tinubu is annulled.

Despite States Security Service (SSS) warning political actors from making inflammatory and inciting statements, Mr Fani-Kayode took to his Facebook page, threatening that the country will be ungovernable should Mr Tinubu’s victory be annulled. 

Ben Llewellyn-Jones, British deputy high commissioner to Nigeria, in an interview with Nigeria Info FM on Sunday, berated the APC for not dissociating itself from Mr Fani-Kayode’s inflammatory statements.

 “Yes, let’s be specific, there were some people, like Femi Fani-Kayode, what is he saying and why is he saying it? I don’t understand,” Mr Llewellyn-Jones said. “It is wrong from my perspective that he will speak on behalf of a party and that party does not distance itself from him and say stop doing that. It is wrong to say that.

“To me, it is really important, people who have said I am part of a party’s press and media campaign, well, the party itself should say no you are not, and you should stop and we do not agree. 

Mr Llewellyn-Jones said “we watched very closely. We have a list, we are working through our list but we don’t publish those names. I know people say we should, but we have laws, and the law prevents us from doing that.”

“We said we will do this and we will do this. And we are gathering the kind of information that will enable us do this, on specific individuals. At the moment the list is between 5 and 10 and it is growing.”

The United States and UK governments have threatened visa bans against politicians involved in electoral violence.

Before March 18 governorship election, Musiliu ‘MC Oluomo’ Akinsanya, a notorious APC thug in Lagos, threatened Igbos who will not vote his party to stay indoors. 

Bayo Onanuga, a spokesperson for President-elect Mr Tinubu, took to Twitter to push for outright exclusion of Igbos from Lagos politics, following March 18 governorship election that was rocked by ethnic tension, voter intimidation and violence. 

Though Mr Onanuga was criticised for his divisive statement, he doubled down on his position, describing Igbos as an existential threat to Yorubas. 

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