- Femi Gbajabiamila, the Speaker, House of Representatives says a comment he made has been taken out of context
- According to the Speaker, some sections of the media misconstrued his comments concerning agitations in the country
- His special adviser on media, Lanre Lasisi has issued a rebuttal and made clarifications concerning his principal's comments
FCT, Abuja - The Speaker, House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila has dismissed some media reports on which claimed that he said The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, and Yoruba nation agitators are the same as Boko Haram and the Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP).
Lanre Lasisi, Gbajabiamila's spokesman, made the clarification in a statement sent to Legit.ng on Wednesday night, September 15.
“There was nowhere that the Speaker mentioned the name of any group. What was conspicuous in the Speaker’s speech was the focus of the activities of miscreants and criminals, and its effect on the country.”
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The Nation newspaper had earlier quoted the Speaker as saying secession agitators are not different from Boko Haram and ISWAP members.
The report stated that Gbajabiamila described them as criminals masquerading as secession activists to unleash mayhem on innocent Nigerians and engage in economic sabotage.
Okowa preaches peace, love, and unity
Meanwhile, Delta state governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, on Friday, September 10 called on Nigerians to embrace peace and love, saying they were the panacea for rising insecurity and apathy in the country.
Okowa gave the charge at the funeral mass for a former military administrator of Kano and Benue states, late Brigadier-General Dominic Oneya (rtd).
He said that peaceful co-existence and love among the citizenry would engender much-needed unity the country desperately needs in these difficult times.
Osinbajo urges Nigerians to love one another, says the country remains unbreakable
On his part, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo declared that despite the activities of those with divisive agenda, Nigeria would prevail over her tribulations due to the resilience, faith, hope, and strength of its people.
Osinbajo stated this on Thursday, August 26, at the National Social Cohesion Dialogue organized by the Africa Polling Institute, which was held at the Shehu Musa Yar'Adua Centre, Abuja.
He emphasized the shared interests of Nigerians across different facets of life, noting that Nigeria's diversity can be used to drive further economic growth.