Gbajabiamila denies comparing IPOB, Yoruba Nation agitators with Boko Haram, ISWAP

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House of Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, has denied comparing the Indigenous People of (IPOB) and Yoruba Nation agitators to Boko Haram and Islamic State’s Africa Province (ISWAP).

The representative of the Surulere of Lagos is under fire for his comments at Wednesday’s plenary.

A statement Wednesday by his spokesman, Lanre Fasasi insisted there was no mention of any during Gbaja’s address.

He noted that the Speaker condemned miscreants and criminals for taking advantage of the separatist agitations to carry out unscrupulous acts.

Fasasi said his principal concern about emerging threats that the clear and present danger.


He quoted Gbajabiamila as saying: “In the South of Nigeria, and West, miscreants and criminals masquerading as separatist activists have emerged to wreak havoc, take and commit economic sabotage against fellow and the state.

“These people, in their inclination for devastating violence against fellow citizens, their appetite for the of private property, their disruption of academic activities, commerce, and industry, their propensity for defiling of the state, society and community, their refusal to engage in debate, or to consider the possibility of dissenting opinions and alternative viewpoints, are no different from Boko Haram and ISWAP.”

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Fasasi said what was conspicuous in the speech was the focus on the activities of miscreants, criminals and effects on the country.

The aide stressed that the Speaker never condemned secessionists or compared them to terrorists.

“The Speaker is not alone on the concern about an apparent emergence of a band of miscreants and criminals as different patriotic Nigerians have expressed similar concerns”, the statement added.

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