Mr. Fani-Kayode is a known critic of the president
A former aviation minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, has accused President Goodluck Jonathan of steering Nigeria on the path of ruin in a scathing criticism of the president over Sunday’s violent crackdown by the police on a group in Rivers State.
Mr. Fani-Kayode said with police openly attacking citizens, it was clear the Jonathan administration has lost its “mind and bearing.”
“Now policemen are openly attacking the same innocent Nigerians and opposition figures that they are being paid to protect. This government has lost its mind and its bearing. The president is leading Nigeria on the road to hell and on the path to Kigali,” Mr. Fani-Kayode, a fierce critic of the president, said.
“The madness, the attacks, the killings, the insults, the persecution, the wickedness, the impunity and the intimidation has to stop forthwith or else the consequences will be grave for the continued unity of our country.”
Police fired tear gas on Sunday to disrupt a planned rally by a group, Save Rivers Movement, in Port Harcourt. There are reports rubber bullets were also used, but he police has denied it used ammunitions.
A serving senator, Magnus Abe, was one of those struck by what is believed to be a rubber bullet. Mr. Abe remained in critical condition Sunday evening, reports say.
Mr. Fani-Kayode said attack on Senator Magnus Abi and other members of the All Progressive Alliance, APC, was “disheartening and exceptionally dangerous”.
“Such wickedness, intolerance and evil is rarely seen. Let those that believe that they can silence the voices of the opposition with threats of violence and death be rest assured of one thing- we cannot be intimidated and neither can we be silenced,” he said.
“First we heard about snipers being trained and lists of opposition figures being drawn up for assassination.”