Mr Phrank Shaibu, Atiku’s Special Assistant Lambasts Tinubu
Atiku’s Special Assistant on Public Communication, Mr Phrank Shaibu Lambasts Tinubu, “Your call for reconciliation is a smack of Lies and hypocrisy; ensure the arrest of MC Oluomo and others if you’re serious.
President-elect Bola Ahmed Tinubu said he was saddened by the infractions in some states and the divisive rhetoric that characterised the polls.
However, the flag-bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2023 presidential election, Atiku Abubakar, has dismissed Bola Tinubu’s call for healing after a violent election. Atiku Abubakar also referred to the statement as “the height of hypocrisy.”
The former Vice president, Atiku Abubakar, went further to commend the United States Government for condemning the violent and ethnically charged election in Lagos State.
Atiku’s Special Assistant on Public Communication addresses president-elect Tinubu
Tinubu, via a signed statement, said he was saddened by the infractions in some states as well as the divisive rhetoric that characterised the polls.
In response to this signed statement, Atiku’s Special Assistant on Public Communication, Mr Phrank Shaibu, in a statement on Tuesday 21st March 2023 however, described Tinubu’s statement as an after-thought and hypocritical garbage.
According to Mr Phrank, it was interesting that Tinubu was talking about reconciliation after his minions attacked Igbo voters in Lagos to give his party (APC) an advantage during the governorship election.
Shaibu also alleged that Tinubu continued to protect transport hooligans, politicians and even traditional leaders in Lagos who threatened non-indigenes on some of the videos making rounds on the internet.
“Tinubu’s latest statement is laced with hypocrisy and lies. For an entire month, traditional leaders, transport hooligans and politicians in his camp threatened non-indigenes, but Tinubu kept mute. His lackey, MC Oluomo, who is a member of his Presidential campaign council, was seen on video threatening Igbo people but Tinubu said nothing. His campaign spokespersons, Bayo Onanuga and Femi Fani-Kayode, went on social media to warn Igbo people against exercising their franchise but Tinubu looked the other way.” Shaibu said.
“Traditional rulers imposed curfews and went about slaughtering goats and placing them in front of polling units, but Tinubu said nothing.” He continued.
“A traditional leader and council chairperson in the Gbara community, Eti Osa local government summoned non-indigenes to a meeting where they threatened non-indigenes with eviction if they failed to vote for the APC, but Tinubu said nothing. Those invited by the police ignored invitations because Tinubu is shielding them.” Shaibu added.
“On the day of election, many people who looked Igbo were beaten and prevented from voting, but Tinubu kept mute. Now that his party has stolen the election, he has found his voice and is preaching reconciliation. He should tell that to the marines. If Tinubu is serious, he should ensure that all those found culpable are arrested and prosecuted. But we know he cannot do this because he is their godfather.”
Mr Phrank Shaibu Address the US Embassy
Mr Phrank Shaibu also shared his opinion on the statement made by the US Embassy in Nigeria condemning the violence meted out to the Igbo as a welcome development. However, he pointed out that the US ought to have gone further by mentioning the names of those found culpable. As a penalty, he suggested that the US Embassy expose the identities of those it will hit with visa restrictions.
“We commend the US and the EU governments for condemning the violence and intimidation that marred the governorship election, especially in Lagos, where Tinubu’s henchmen held the state to ransom. But the US knows the identities of the perpetrators of violence and ought to have mentioned their names.” Phrank Shaibu said.
“MC Oluomo is an American citizen. The US must also go further by mentioning the names of others, including the traditional rulers in Lagos who were complicit.” He added.
“The US has in the past openly condemned Vladmir Putin of Russia and others found wanting in other countries. This is not the time for political correctness. Those who will be slammed with visa bans should be named and shamed.”
Shaibu insisted that there could be no reconciliation without indemnity. He said anything short of this would not heal any wounds.
Atiku’s aide further argued that Tinubu had shown from the electioneering that he had no plan to unite Nigeria but was only after one thing – power and the resources of Nigeria.
“Tinubu is only after power. Before he took over power, Lagos was known for its urbane and accommodating nature. The late Nnamdi Azikiwe built his political base and business empire in Lagos.” he said.
“Mbonu Ojike, born in Imo State, was the Deputy Mayor of Lagos in 1951. Many others from around the country and beyond built businesses and political careers in Lagos unmolested.”
“But on Bola Tinubu’s watch, Lagos has become an intolerant state where non-indigenes are openly beaten on election day and threatened with eviction if they don’t vote for his party. Now he seeks reconciliation? What a joke!”
“There will be no reconciliation until MC Oluomo and all his minions, who took part in issuing threats and brutalising people, are diligently prosecuted.”
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