Metuh to FG; ‘Send Troops To Sambisa, Not Against Protestors’.
Against the backdrop of some media reports that he asked Biafra agitators to stop the protests, National Publicity Secretary of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olisa Metuh has debunked such report saying it is the handiwork of mischief makers.
He that rather, he advised the Federal Government to send troops to Sambisa forest in Borno to battle Boko Haram and not against unarmed protestors.
In a statement signed by his Special Assistant, Richard Ihediwa, Metuh described the report as completely false, said that he never made such a comment at the PDP South East Executive meeting in Enugu, on Sunday or at any other fora.
The statement reads: “For the avoidance of doubt what Chief Metuh said on the agitation was that Nigerians have the right to demonstrate as long as they do so peacefully and within the ambits of the law.
He deplored the actions of some security operatives who reportedly went beyond their brief to attack unarmed protesters and admonished that instead of engaging in show of power on the protesters, such security agents should rather demonstrate their bravery by joining others in fighting insurgents in the Sambisa forest.
“We are therefore shocked by the distorted report that appeared in the Newspaper, which in no way whatsoever reflected the opinion of the National Publicity Secretary.
“We are persuaded that this fabricated report may not be unconnected with the schemes by the present administration to set-up and frame the National Publicity Secretary for his outspokenness in highlighting its negatives, for which he has been receiving threats, litigations, blackmails and unfounded allegations from government officials.
“But for our conviction that the medium is a credible and highly reputable newspaper, we would have had no other option than to believe that it has lent itself to the orchestrated campaign to silence the National Publicity Secretary.
“While we restate the fact that the National Publicity Secretary will in no way be cowed to silence, we urge the media to always cross-check their facts before going to press.”
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