President Muhammadu Buhari earlier today in a live interview with Arise TV, has reacted to the worrisome state of insecurity in the country especially in the Southeast region of the country. He has also described the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), that has become a plague in the East, as a “dot” in a circle.
It is no longer news that a group of like-minded Nigerians in the Southern part of the country especially in the East and West have raised the tempo for self-determination as they alleged that the APC led administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has marginalised their region. They also accused the President of being insensitive and lopsided over appointments into the executive arm of government and other key agencies. Those in the East are clamoring for Biafra while those in the West are also clamoring for the actualisation of Oduduwa Republic.
However, IPOB led by Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, who reside outside the country, has for long been proscribed by the Nigerian government as a terrorist group and considered its activities as illegal and capable of causing chaos and tension in the country. Agitations around Biafra have drowned other separatist agitations, giving the wrong impression that Biafra is the only separatist threat in the country.
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Arguably, other regions of the country are agitating for self-determination, especially in the Southwest. The agitation for Oduduwa nation came after Sunday Ademoye popularly known as Sunday Igboho rose to prominence after he dislodged killer Fulani herdsmen in Ibarapa community in Oyo State.
While reacting to issues bothering on the ongoing agitation, President Buhari has made it clear that even if IPOB want to leave Nigeria, it would be to their own detriment because they would have no access to anywhere.
“And the way they are spread all over the country, having businesses and properties. I don’t think IPOB knows what they are talking about.”
Having followed the statement made by the Nigerian President, these five things may happen to IPOB soon if they don’t want to embrace peace and a united Nigeria, where peace and unity remains a top priority in the country.
First, the President has reiterated that he would deal with IPOB in a language they understand. What does that mean? The Nigerian government is ready to deploy more troops to the Southeast to flush out members of the group. As a matter of fact, the President is ready to do anything to make sure that peace and security of lives and properties are restored in the area.
Second, President Buhari has made it clear that the shoot-at-sight order remain and would be implemented in the region by the Nigerian Army, police and other security forces deployed to the area to maintain order.
Third, IPOB agitator may be forced to flee their communities when they are being engaged by security forces, to neighbouring states and that may cause a serious problem if they are allowed to spread their activities to other states.
Fourth, it is obvious that the Eastern Security Network (ESN), a security wing of IPOB would be neutralised and many of its commanders arrested as security operatives continue to engage them in a gun battle. We have seen that happened in the past few weeks. The Nigerian security forces have been strengthened to deal with criminals and those causing chaos in the country.
Five, IPOB should be ready to embrace one Nigeria because there is no way that the Nigerian government would sit down and allow the country to be thrown into chaos and anarchy. We are better together, just like former President Olusegun Obasanjo had rightly said.
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