Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has debunked comments attributed to him regarding the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and another on Fulani herdsmen/farmers.
Osinbajo’s media aide, Laolu Akande, described the comments as fake news and deliberate deployment of falsehood.
Akande, who was featured on the weekly FRCN network radio show Have Your Say Thursday morning said there was never a time the VP said the Federal Executive Council must “crush” any group with “by fire by thunder.”
He also said the VP never asked Nigerians to pray for any group of people perpetuating violence instead of meting out justice to them, adding that Osinbajo’s voice on matters of justice in and out of government is always loud and clear.
Akande said the vice president never uses those kinds of language at all, and such comments attributed to the vice president in that regard should be ignored.
“For quite a long time, there has been the deliberate deployment of falsehood against the vice president.
“I have seen, a number of times they put out stuff on WhatsApp, Facebook that says the vice president has said something to attack a particular group in the South-East, and that this and that is what he said about the farmers-herders conflict, all of it untrue.
“What the vice president said about our people in the South East is that they are people of industry and that though there may be issues from different parts of the country, the whole essence of a union is to find very transparent, open ways to resolve the differences.
“And that he knows that people and leaders across the country whether from the South-East, South-South, South-West, North-East, North Central, all support the unity of this country,” Akande said.
On the issue of justice, Akande said that the vice president, just like the president, had said very clearly that anybody that violated the law or engaged in violent conduct must face the law.
According to him, justice is an important requirement for humanity.
“The vice president is someone whose voice is very clear about the issues of Justice, he makes this very clear in his actions and deeds, just check some of these things out independently, you will see those attributed fake comments are complete bunkum.
“ So, when you read that hog-wash about what he is falsely reported to have said about the herders-farmers clashes and all that, just know that it is just a lie, a big one for that matter,” Akande clarified.