‘I don’t owe anyone any apology for my comment against Igbos’ Bayo Ononuga

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Bola Ononuga, Director of Media and Publicity Tinubu/Shettima Campaign, has doubled down on his statement against Igbos living in Lagos State.

Mr Ononuga had made a controversial statement, threatening the Igbos to steer clear from politics, particularly interfering in Lagos politics.

Bayo Onanuga
Bayo Onanuga

This has been widely reported and condemned by Nigerians who believed the would-be Tinubu’s aide is fueling the crisis and violence against Igbos in Lagos State.

On Saturday, 18 March 2023, the campaign director tweeted, “Let 2023 be the last time of Igbo interference in Lagos politics,” adding, “Let there be no repeat in 2027.

“Lagos is like Anambra, Imo, any Nigerian state. It is not No Man’s Land, not Federal Capital Territory. It is Yoruba land. Mind your business.”

Mr Onunuga’s post is in addition to the warnings by another Mr Tinubu’s handpicked motor park head, MC Oluomo, who warned Igbos to vote for Tinubu and APC or remain at home during the Presidential and governorship elections.

In his recent tweet on Sunday, Ononuga defended his tweet, saying, “I don’t owe anyone any apology for addressing the existential threats of our people.”

He quickly added that “the views I express on Twitter are my personal views”, which is believed to be a move to draw the attention away from his principal, the president-elect, Bola Tinubu, whose wife had made a similar threat in 2019.

Mr Ononuga tweeted on Sunday at 12:28 Nigeria time, “Let me make myself abundantly clear: the views I express on Twitter are my personal views. I don’t owe anyone any apology for addressing the existential threats to our people. I am, after all, first of all, a Yoruba before being a Nigerian.”

The Igbos were targeted in the just concluded elections as many videos showed Mr Tinubu’s supporters warning the business dwellers not to vote for anyone other than Mr Tinubu.

MC Oluomo had said, “We have begged them. If they don’t want to vote for us, it is not a fight. Tell them, mama Chukwudi, if you don’t want to vote for us, sit down at home. Sit down at home.”

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