Posted by News Express | 2 June 2021 | 1,031 times
Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma, has fired back at former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, after his attack following the murder of former presidential aide, Ahmed Gulak.
Gulak, a former Speaker of the Adamawa House of Assembly, former Special Adviser on Political Affairs to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, was shot dead on Sunday morning while going in a car to the Owerri Airport to board a flight to Abuja.
But Fani-Kayode, who described the claims that Gulak was killed by the Indigenous People of Biafra or Eastern Security Network as nonsensical, put many questions across to the police and the governor in a series of tweets on his Twitter handle in Wednesday morning.
The tweets read, “Why did the Gov. of Imo not provide security for Gulak? Why was Gulak dressed in jeans & a baseball cap as if he was in disguise?
“I have known Gulak for 15 years & I never saw him in jeans & a baseball cap. Why did he sneak out of the hotel in a car hire without any security?
“Who were the men in the car with him and who was the driver? How come we have not heard from them? Why did the Gov. not supply Gulak with a car to drop him at the airport? Is it true that they fell out badly over some unresolved issues?
“Why did the governor quickly say that this was a political assassination within 24 hours of the incident? How did he manage to conduct this investigation in record time?
“Why did they try to give the impression that IPOB and ESN killed Gulak & how can we be sure that those they killed later & claimed were Gulak’s assasins really were Gulak’s asssassins?
“These are just some of the questions that need to be answered. Whether they are answered or not one thing is clear to me: the suggestion that IPOB or ESN killed Gulak is nonsensical and absurd.
“I do not believe that for one minute. Someone is trying to give a dog a bad name in order to hang it.”
In a swift reaction, the Imo State Governor in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary and media adviser, Oguwike Nwachuku, on Wednesday described Fani-Kayode assertions as laughable.
Uzodinma said questions raised by the former minister tend to portray him as a supporter of those who killed Gulak.
The governor said Fani-kayode characteristics of ‘always trying to reap from ugly situations' suggested that he does not want those behind Gulak’s assassination be unveiled.
Uzodinma said the former minister is known for his attack and will benefits nothing from Gulak’s assassination.
The statement read partly: “Fani-Kayode in his characteristics of always trying to reap from ugly situations has taken to his Facebook wall to make insinuations that suggest he does not want those behind Gulak’s assassination unveiled.
“Explanations had been offered that Gulak was not Governor Uzodimma’s guest as of the time he was killed in Imo, but had come to the State on the invitation of the organisers of the 1999 Constitution Review Committee of the Senate as a Consultant.
“The questions are: Why should what Gulak wore be the issue ho Fani-Kayode? Why should he fret at the mention of political assassination? Is it out of place for desperate politicians, like Fani-Kayode, to engage miscreants to harm their political opponents? How would those the Police said they killed and that they have reasonable suspicion they were involved in the assassination of Gulak, detract from the fact that they may have been hired/used?
“Governor Uzodimma, as the Chief Security Officer of Imo State, gets briefed on every situation in the State and Fani-Kayode knows that, yet the former embattled Minister decided to raise issues that tend to portray him as supporting those who killed Gulak.
“It is even laughable that Fani-Kayode was talking about falling out "badly over some unresolved issues,” and you ask yourself if he has any moral justification criticising merchants of fake news, rumour-mongering and blackmail when he is the arrow head.
“Ordinarily, one would not have bothered responding to the balderdash Fani-Kayode posted on his Facebook wall because Nigerians know the character that is him, but for the unsuspecting members of the public who may not know the reason behind his comments.
“Investigations into the killing of Gulak are still ongoing, and God willing, all those behind the dastard act would be unmasked for Nigerians to see.”
Uzodinma, however cautioned Fani-Kayode and others to desist from heating the polity, allow police to investigate Gulak’s killing.
Uzodinma also warned Femi Fani-Kayode and his ilk to desist from raising issues over Gulak’s assassination since they are not in power.
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