Bode George, an elder statesman and chieftain of the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has lashed out Bayo Onanuga.
Onanuga, a spokesman to the president-elect, Bola Tinubu, had made some anti-Igbo comments that sparked outrage on social media.
George said he is surprised that Onanuga is speaking for Tinubu after making some derogatory and inciting comments on social media, which he described as hate speech, saying that the APC chieftain is not even from Lagos.
Following the conclusion of Saturday’s Governorship election in Lagos State, Onanuga warned Igbos against “interfering” with politics in the state.
According to him, 2023 should be the last time Igbos interfere in Lagos politics, adding that the state belongs to Yoruba.
Recall that Lagos State was marred by ethnic tensions a few days before the election.
Appearing on Arise TV on Tuesday morning, George said, “…This is what I called existential madness. He[Bayo Onanuga] is not even from Lagos. He came from Ijebu. I said they should take him to the international court of justice for hate speech.
“And he wants to follow the gentle man[Tinubu] to the Villa. Where you’ll find the Igbos and all the tribes of Nigeria, how are you going to work with them? What you’ll not take, don’t do to other people. I’m surprised that he still speaks for the so-called candidate, how? It has never happened here.
“Why should we lower our standards and degrade ourselves? Making that kind of statement publicly and saying he has no apology. They should take him to the international court of justice for hate speech because when it starts we don’t know how it will end. We either live together as human beings or we go to the animal kingdom.”