By Oladapo Okeowo
Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun state has denied being a part of the purported audio chat between him and the Borno state governor, Kashim Shettima.
The governor described the conversation as “phoney” and warned against allowing those who intend to cause mischief and discord in the country succeed at their endeavour.
The governor, who made his position known in a statement released by his Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Dayo Adeneye, described the “phoney conversation” as politically motivated and handiwork of mischief makers.
Governor Shetima, through his spokesman, Isa Gusau, had on Monday reacted to the audio.
In the statement, Adeneye noted “In what is turning out to be one of the most vicious and ungodly acts, meant to further create confusion in the land, a 20:38 (twenty minutes and thirty-eight seconds) telephone conversation, purportedly between His Excellency, the Governor of Ogun state, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, and his Borno state counterpart, His Excellency Governor Kashim Shettima, wherein issues focusing on, but not limited to, the current Biafran agitation were discussed, is presently making the rounds on social media.
“The voice in the forgery which they paraded as that of Governor Amosun is not that of His Excellency and a simple search on the internet for any speech by him, would convince those who are not familiar with his voice that the producers of the audio recording did a poor and unintelligent imitation.
“The peddlers of such falsehood appear to have a wild scheme which appears to be part of what may be turning out to be the wider script, by some unpatriotic elements, aimed at further causing divisions in Nigeria.
“It is meant to feed into, as well as further exacerbate the already highly combustible wave of agitation in the land. This evil plot will not work.
“Indeed this is not the first time some unpatriotic and vile individuals would spread falsehood about the person of Governor Amosun.
“Governor Amosun is committed to peaceful co-existence of all groups in Nigeria and will not engage in conversations that would threaten the peace and unity of Nigeria.
“He, therefore, counsels politicians and other public office seekers to play politics without bitterness and dwell more on things that unite us rather than those that seek to divide us,” he said.