President Muhammadu Buhari has emphatically stated that the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) are thieves not freedom fighters.
The Commander-in-Chief said this through his Media Adviser, Mr. Garba Shehu.
He insisted that the Group’s main agenda is to terrorise the Sout East and steal money.
He called on Nigerians and the international community to see the security issues in that region in that light, instead of blaming the situation on others.
Buhari noted that “IPOB are not struggling for freedom when they attack police stations and property, but rather committing acts of terrorism” to steal money.
“Attempts to simplify the reasons into a basic narrative may help raise donor-dollars for international NGOs, fill pages of overseas newspapers and burnish foreign politicians’ faith credentials. But this does not increase understanding, nor offer solutions. If anything, simplistic theorising and finger-pointing make the situation worse.”
He pointed out that “it is important both for Nigerians and the international community to appreciate that there are” a multitude of factors responsible for the worsening insecurity in Nigeria.
“There are no religious connotations at all when the primary purpose of these acts is to extract money.”