The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar has urged the Department of State Services (DSS) to question the Director, Special Projects and New media of the Tinubu/Shettima presidential campaign Council, Femi Fani-Kayode on his relationship with separatists groups.
The DSS operatives had earlier invited the APC chieftain over his allegations that the PDP flag bearer and some top generals were planning a coup.
In a statement issued by his Special Assistant, Public Communications, Phrank Shaibu, in Abuja, on Monday, Atiku urged the security operatives to ensure that Fani-Kayode is properly questioned and made to reveal the identities of the army generals planning to topple the present government.
He said, “We commend the DSS for the swift invitation sent out to Fani-Kayode. He must be made to explain his allegation an attempted coup being planned by of Abubakar who even during the Atiku military regime never attempted to topple the government despite having the resources.
“Fani-Kayode must also be made to reveal the identities of the so-called army generals who are plotting to overthrow the government of President Muhammadu Buhari.”
Shaibu, argued that it was imperative that the DSS and Nigerian authorities ensure that the military is not dragged into partisan politics.
He added, “Nigerians suffered for nearly 30 non-consecutive years battling military dictatorship. The military has since 1999 pledged its loyalty to civilian authority and returned to the barracks.
“Unfortunately, Fani-Kayode and others in Tinbubu’s camp have continued to prod the military by making allegations of coups and interim government.
“Fani-Kayode cannot be acting alone since he is the spokesman for Tinubu. Fani-Kayode and his ilk have been prodding the military for the last one month, talking about how they plan to install an interim government.
“In reaction, President Buhari set up a transition committee that will midwife a smooth transition of another government on May 29. Despite this, the likes of Fani-Kayode have continued to prod the military, propagating theories of coups.”
Atiku subsequently urged the security agency to ask Fani-Kayode to explain his relationship with Yoruba nation agitators, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), and other separatist organizations threatening the unity of Nigeria.
He said, “Fani-Kayode has been seen in many videos prodding separatists agitators to tear the country apart. He has been instigating a tribal war in Nigeria for the last six years.
“This is a man that vilified northern Muslims, describing them as blood sucking demons in a bid to instigate genocide against northerners living in the south.
“This is a man who described President Muhammadu Buhari as a brain dead walking corpse. He later said an impostor had taken over as President all in a bid to incite protests and riots in the country.
“The DSS must thus leave no stone unturned in this investigation. It is obvious that Fani-Kayode is the one plotting the collapse of the 4th Republic.”