The President, Maj. Gen Muhammadu Buhari (retd) has described the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, as ‘thieves and terrorists’.
In a strongly-worded statement signed by his mouthpiece Garba Shehu Sunday, Buhari insisted that IPOB led by Nnamdi Kanu are thieves promoting terrorism in the southern part of the country.
The president lamented the group’s attack on police stations and government facilities in the Southeast, maintaining that the Kanu-led group are not freedom fighters.
The statement reads partly: “Further afield in the South-East, IPOB are not struggling for freedom when they attack police stations and property, but rather committing acts of terrorism,” to steal money.
“IPOB is not defending Christians, as their highly paid foreign lobbyists claim when almost every citizen of those states they terrorize is uniformly Christian.”
The president also appealed to Nigerians to unite against, “those who seek to divide us for their own nefarious financial and political gain.”
Sunday’s statement comes days after Benue Governor, Samuel Ortom, in a statement accused the presidency of promoting genocide by armed Fulani militia.
Buhari’s silence on the nefarious activities of herdsmen and bandits in the north has drawn criticism from across the country and beyond, with many fearing a bloody breakup of the country.