A former governor of Imo State, Emeka Ihedioha has denied rumours that he asked the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, not to obey the court order for the release of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.
VANTAGE NEWS reports that unconfirmed news emerged that the ex-Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives wrote the letter following the order for the release of Kanu.
Ihedioha denied the news in a statement titled, ‘Ihedioha Speaks: When Silence is not Golden.’
He said, “I consciously yielded to the maxim that silence is golden, so as not to inflame passion in our dear state. But there comes a time when silence is no longer golden. That time is now.
“I have remained a bigger nemesis hence the unceasing campaign of calumny with the sole purpose of damaging my reputation and putting a wedge between me and Imolites. In doing this, they have forged documents, concocted voice messages perjured, and maximized social media by throwing mud to see if anyone sticks.
“They use issues that are very dear to our people in this nefarious project. Two of such devious acts were a purported voice of me making threats and a letter, also purportedly written by me to the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, advising him not to honour the Appeal Court judgment that discharged and acquitted Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra so as not to imperil the 2023 elections.
“It is laughable and preposterous, knowing my background and predicament that I will be writing to the Honourable Attorney-General of the Federation, asking him to continue to illegally hold on to Nnamdi Kanu even after a court of competent jurisdiction had discharged him. What benefits will such a letter confer on me in a matter of such public concern, sensitivity, and volatility? How does that make sense?
“While Nigerians are aware that those who can forge polling results for manufactured votes can forge anything, I have decided not to keep silent again in the face of this criminal defamation of my character because as we inch closer to the 2023 elections, the evil machinations will intensify.
“I am not unduly worried, though, because our people know better. But we can no longer allow criminality to reign supreme. I, therefore, urge the security agencies to investigate those behind this blatant forgery and bring them to justice. Criminality should not be elevated to an art of governance. Imolites deserve better”
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