The Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has called on the Department of State Services (DSS) to arrest Femi Fani-Kayode, the Director of New Media of the Bola Tinubu Campaign, over his inciting remarks.
Atiku maintained that Fani-Kayode’s claim that he would make Nigeria ungovernable if Tinubu is not inaugurated as president on 29 May, 2023, was infuriating and deserving of the attention of the DSS.
FFK has been trending on Twitter and other social media platforms for the past few days over his recent remarks on the 25 February presidential election results.
Phrank Shaibu, Special Assistant on Public Communications to Atiku, in a statement on Sunday, lauded British Envoy, Ben Llewellyn-Jones for listing Fani-Kayode and others making inciting comments.
The British envoy included Fani-Kayode’s name among other people for inciting comments.
Shaibu stressed that the former Minister of Aviation, Fani-Kayode, has flawed the Secret Service’s call on politicians not to overheat the polity.
According to him, Fani-Kayode would bring Nigeria into severe chaos if he is left uncontrolled.
He called on Nigerians to regard Fani-Kayode as a joker.
“We acknowledge as timely the statement of the DSS call on politicians not to overheat the polity. But call on the security agency to arrest Fani-Kayode for not heeding the counsel of the DSS when he threatened to make Nigeria ungovernable,” he stated.
“The DSS rightly invited Fani-Kayode after he made false claims about Atiku planning a coup back in January and asked him to report daily. But for some reason, he has continued unhinged to spew hate.
“Recently, he even justified the attacks and the profiling of the Igbo in the recently concluded fraudulent governorship election in Lagos State. He has also threatened to make the country ungovernable if Tinubu is not sworn in.
“I think it’s a good time to remind the DSS that Femi Fani-Kayode has returned to his old ways. Now, he is threatening fire and brimstone over a most contentious election, which Nigerians have refused to endorse or celebrate one full month after the collective disenfranchisement of the electorate.
“Fani-Kayode is threatening that he and some other desperados will make Nigeria ungovernable if Tinubu is not inaugurated on May 29, 2023. It is time to take in Fani-Kayode so he doesn’t inflame any further, the already combustible national angst,” Atiku stated.
The presidential candidate alleged that the Nigeria Police Force had continued to give Fani-Kayode cover and had been used many times to intimidate people as stated by his staff.
He wondered why, despite an order of the Inspector General of Police that only those holding political offices should move with police escorts, Fani-Kayode had continued to move with heavy security like a Governor.
“Although Nigeria is grossly under-policed, over 40 per cent of its police is attached to VIPs and unauthorised persons. With between 350,000 and 370,000 personnel for a population of 200 million, it cannot meet the United Nations recommendation of 340:100,000 police-to-citizen ratio, rendering it grossly ineffective in fighting crime.
“Yet, Fani-Kayode, who has not held any political office since 2007 when he was aviation minister, moves with a siren-blaring convoy. He should immediately be stripped of those security aides, uniformed or otherwise. He only uses the security to sustain that delusion of self-importance. He is posturing with state owned security personnel – that is not even enough for the rest of us.
“The likes of former Vice President Namadi Sambo, former Head of State, Yakubu Gowon, ex-Presidents Goodluck Jonathan and Olusegun Obasanjo do not enjoy the number of security details FFK has around him and honestly, this is what fuels his feeling of self importance,” Atiku stated.
He noted that the All Progressives Congress (APC) had on 2 March, 2015, said in a statement by Alhaji Lai Mohammed, that “Fani-Kayode may have unhinged, perhaps as a result of a relapse into an unhealthy lifestyle of substance abuse.”
Atiku said this was probably the reason behind Fani-Kayode’s volatile behaviour and erratic temper, which was caught on video in 2020 when he gave a dressing down to a journalist who had asked him an innocent question.
“Fani-Kayode’s reputation for his volatile and erratic behaviour is legendary. This was a man who publicly threatened a journalist for asking an innocent question. The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) rightly blacklisted the cantankerous former minister,” he added.
Atiku called on Nigerians not to take Fani-Kayode seriously as his only guiding principle was his stomach.
“Fani-Kayode’s life story is one of ‘anywhere belle face’. In 2018 he said he would ‘rather die than join a filthy, rat-infested sinking ship like the Almajiri Peoples Congress’. Then when his pocket began to dry up, he embarked on a nebulous tour of PDP states in search of money.
“Immediately Lawan lost, Fani-Kayode began begging associates of Atiku Abubakar to facilitate an appointment into the media team of the PDP. After he was rejected by Atiku’s camp, Fani-Kayode began following Tinubu all over the place in search of a position in the campaign.
“After Tinubu’s ‘illegitimate’ victory, Fani-Kayode is now lobbying for a new position in the ill-fated government that will be sent packing by the courts,” Atiku concluded.