Femi Fani-Kayode, Director, New Media sub-committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council, has described the supporter of Peter Obi, flagbearer of the Labour party (LP), who was forced off an Abuja to Lagos as a terrorist.
There was a mild drama at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja on Friday evening, when a lone protester said the President-elect, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, must never be sworn in as President.
In a video shared widely on Friday, the middle aged man could be heard shouting as he was being bundled out.
“Obidients you’re here. They are doing this to me. Obidients you’re here, I am naked. Obidients you’re here, I am going naked,” he said.
It took the efforts of no fewer than six airport security officers to evacuate him after he reportedly delayed the aircraft for more than an hour, as the 6pm flight had yet to take off as of 7pm.
Reacting to this development, Fani-Kayode in a lengthy tweet called on security agencies to beef up security around the airports.
He wrote: “The mad Obidient that got on the plane yesterday and disrupted the flight whilst shouting that Asiwaju would never be sworn-in is a nothing but a terrorist and I believe that he and those who sent him were testing the waters for something bigger.
“I commend the staff of FAAN and the security agencies for dragging him off the plane before it took off. They saved many lives by doing so.
“His violent behaviour and abusive words which traumatised many that were in the flight accurately reflects the mindset and attitude of the Obidients: they are frustrated, violent, dangerous, angry and capable of doing anything to achieve their purpose.
“Worst still they seek to destabilise our country and subvert the democratic process and the rule of law.
“Simply put they are dangerous anarchists and if they are not restrained and put in check by our security and intelligence agencies they will end up endangering the lives of many Nigerians, aborting our democracy and destroying our country.
“Peter Obi and Dati the Daft have encouraged and endorsed their violent and subversive behaviour with their inciting comments and utterances and we hold them accountable.
“If it is not Dr. Ezeife saying they will make Nigeria ungovernable if Asiwaju is sworn-in or some misguided Eze in Ajao Estate, Lagos saying they will call IPOB to defend the Igbos of Lagos state then it is Chief Iwanyanwu calling Yorubas rascals. How much more of this can we take?
“The actions of the mad terrorist on the plane stand condemned and I can only thank God thst he did not have a weapon otherwise things could have been far worse.
“I call on the security agencies to beef up security at the airports and keep an eagle eye on all passengers.
“I also call for restraint even in the face of these provocations. We must maintain the peace and ensure that our unity is sustained. We must not allow them to provoke us into responding in a irrational, violent, unlawful or unreasonable manner.
“We must be prayerful, focused and calm and we must ensure that nothing disrupts the stability, peace and unity of our nation or the swearing in of our President-elect.”
Daily Trust reports that Tinubu, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), was declared winner of the 2023 presidential election, and will be sworn in as President on May 29.
Tinubu secured 8,794,726 votes to defeat Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who polled 6,984,520 votes, and Obi who had 6,101,533 votes in the election held on February 25.