2023 GOVERNORSHIP AND
STATE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY ELECTIONS
Nigeria’s secret police, the State Security Service (SSS), has invited a spokesperson of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council, Femi Fani-Kayode, over a comment he made on alleged coup plot.
Mr Fani-Kayode, in a statement on Monday, confirmed the invitation by the SSS and also pledged to honour it.
Mr Fani-Kayode, via a tweet last week, alleged that the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, met secretly with some serving military generals. He said the meeting could be part of a plan to destabilize the country and pave the way for a coup d’etat.
“Is this meeting part of the wider agenda to disrupt the elections, destabilise the country, set us on fire, incite chaos and violence, provoke a coup d’etat and establish a new and unconstitutional order in our beloved country under the auspices of an ING?,” Mr Fani-Kayode’s tweet reads.
The Nigerian Army already denied the alleged secret meeting with Atiku and described it as “wicked and very malicious propaganda”.
It also said it was loyal to the government.
Some members of the main opposition party have since called for the arrest of Mr Fani-Kayode over the comment.
In the past couple of weeks some members of the ruling APC, including serving governors have been floating the idea of fifth columnists working within the presidency to sabotage the party during the forthcoming general elections. The conspiracy theory became louder following the scarcity of Naira notes occasioned by the CBN policy.
Mr Fani-Kayode, a former aviation minister, said the SSS gave him 48 hours to appear before them “otherwise the worse may happen.”
He further disclosed that he earlier dismissed an invitation sent to him via text message but that an official letter had been addressed to him by the secret police.
He stated that even though some persons within the Atiku’s campaign have called for his arrest, the sequence of events shows that the SSS was not under the influence of anyone but merely doing their job.
“Clearly the DSS were not influenced by Atiku and were simply doing their job by inviting me on a matter that needs explanation and clarification and for a thorough interrogation.
“And of course being a responsible and law-abiding citizen I will present myself before them accordingly,” he said.
Mr Fani-Kayode maintained his innocence on the comment made, noting that he just raised questions in reaction to a news publication.
“For the record, I have said or done nothing wrong or that I should not have said or done and I stand by everything that I have said or written in the past on all issues.
“It is not a crime to express my concerns about the despicable activities of Atiku who, in my view, has a hidden agenda and who is so desperate for power that he is prepared to do anything and turn the whole country upside down in order to achieve it,” he said.
Nigeria has a long history of military interventions. Since independence, there have been a total of eight military coups d’état, two were unsuccessful.
The current Fourth Republic is the longest democratic rule the nation has had without military incursion. Democracy was restored in the country in 1999.
Read Fani-Kayode ‘s full statement
PRESS STATEMENT: MY INVITATION TO THE DSS
Three days ago, on the day that I tweeted about newspaper reports alleging that Atiku was secretly meeting with Army Generals, I received a text message from someone who claimed to be a DSS officer asking me to report to them on a matter of national security.
I dismissed the invitation because it was vague and I was not sure whether it really came from the DSS.
In any case I had no intention of going anywhere unless I was formally invited.
To my surprise I received a formal letter from them to report to their office without fail two days later, which was yesterday evening.
I put a call through to them and was advised to take the matter very seriously and report to them on the stipulated day and time otherwise the worse may happen.
I found it interesting that a call came from one of Atiku’s dogs for me to be arrested by the security agencies yesterday and had it not been for the fact that the DSS had actually sent a text to me two days earlier I may have thought that they were acting on the instructions of what can only be described as a hopeless and desperate presidential candidate, opposition party and PCC who are clutching at straws, drowning fast, seeking to silence those that give them sleepless nights, shivering in despair and staring defeat in the face in the upcoming presidential election.
Clearly the DSS were not influenced by Atiku and were simply doing their job by inviting me on a matter that needs explanation and clarification and for a thorough interrogation .
And of course being a responsible and law abiding citizen I will present myself before them accordingly.
Unlike cowards like Emefiele, Atiku and their strange bedfellows I do not fear my own shadow and neither do I shiver and shake when I am invited by the security agencies.
I always honor their invitations when properly invited because that is the right and proper thing to do.
This is all the more so when it touches and concerns matters of national security which I take very seriously and when it involves agencies like the DSS who are professional and thorough in their methods and approach.
I have nothing to hide and consequently I will present myself before the DSS this morning as I have been asked to do.
I maintain my utter contempt for Atiku and the vermin that are around him and no matter what happens to me today or at any other time, know that as long as there is life in me I will oppose the darkness and evil that they represent.
I am used to arrest, interrogation, detention, prosecution and so much more and have suffered these indignities on many occassions over the last 15 years.
I have no fear: nothing moves me and only death can silence me.
The most important thing now is not what happens to me but rather achieving the noble quest to ensure the election of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as our next President.
That is the mission that we must focus on because that is the only way to save our country. I hope that I will be at liberty and free to continue to play my role in that quest but if I am not and I am detained indefinitely or till the election is over so be it.
In such circumstances be rest assured that I will be praying fervently for Asiwaju’s victory from the inside.
For the record I have said or done nothing wrong or that I should not have said or done and I stand by everything that I have said or written in the past on all issues.
It is not a crime to express my concerns about the despicable activities of Atiku who, in my view, has a hidden agenda and who is so desperate for power that he is prepared to do anything and turn the whole country upside down in order to achieve it.
May God protect our people and nation from such a shameless and questionable character and such a disasterous plight and may He continue to be with us all.
(Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, Sadaukin Shinkafi, 13th February, 2023)
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