The release reads:
“Over the past few days, we have read with dismay and utter disbelief baseless information on social media and on page 3 of The Guardian Post no. 1262 of Wednesday, September 27, alleging that Barrister Nkongho Felix Agbor is under threats from persons the papers identified as "secessionists". The title ("I am under threats from Anglophone secessionists - Agbor Balla) and content are logically disconnected and we categorically denounce its veracity. We resolutely believe that it is proper for us to clarify the public.
We would like to inform as follows:
- Barrister Agbor Nkongho Felix has never granted an interview to any news outlet or press house since his release. His focus has been on working to release the detainees, listening to our people and reaching out to community leaders to forge sustainable solutions to the current crisis. If he grants any interview, the community will be notified.
- Barrister Agbor Nkongho Felix has not received any threats from any member of the our community since his release. On the contrary, he has enjoyed, with profound gratitude, the support of our community. Barrister Agbor Nkongho Felix believes anyone insinuating that members of this same community are threatening him is simply misguided. Our community is united and focused on addressing our common problem which has already been well articulated.
Wednesday, September 27, 2017.
- Barrister Agbor Nkongho Felix believes that the Press has a crucial role in any democracy. Since the start of our struggle, Barrister Agbor Nkongho Felix has called upon the Press to exercise a high level of professionalism, accountability and responsible journalism.
- Barrister Agbor Nkongho Felix believes the right to free speech creates a corresponding responsibility to tolerate speech that runs contrary to his professed position on the need for dialogue to build a sustainable peace for future generations. We owe it to them and to generations before us. That said, it must promote the truth. Consequently, the public and members of the media are cautioned to create an environment that fosters a healthy exchange of ideas on how best we can resolve the current impasse and resume the necessary dialogue to seek durable solutions to the deep rooted grievances of our people.
The road to a sustainable peace will require that we commit ourselves to the difficult task at hand. Everyone will be required to build a lasting framework for peace.
Let us stay focused and united”.