The separatist and proscribed Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) has been accused of fomenting a reign of terror in the southeast in recent times, and President Muhammadu Buhari has disclosed that he’s just about had enough.
Nigeria president, Muhammadu Buhari has described the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) as ‘a dot in a circle,’ said the group is isolated in its call for secession.
The president during an interview with Arise TV broadcast on Thursday said he has been assured by ‘the elderly people and ‘the youths’ from the south-south part of the country that region has no intention of seceding.
He said IPOB will not have ‘access to anywhere’ even if they eventually secede from the country.
The president then reiterated his statement that IPOB members will be treated in the “language that they understand.”
“I was encouraged by what I heard, nobody told me. Two statements from the south south: one by the elderly people, they said this time around there would be no (secession). And again the youth made the same statement; such encouragement,” Buhari said.
“IPOB is just like a dot in a circle and they have nowhere to turn to. They are spread everywhere and they have businesses and property everywhere and in other areas,” Buhari said during a recorded AriseTV interview aired on Thursday, June 10, 2021.
He then added that the militant arm of IPOB called Eastern Security Network (ESN) “don’t know what they are doing. How we will handle them is to mobilise the police and the military to pursue them.”
The secessionist IPOB was proscribed and designated a terrorist organization in 2017. They recently took up arms against the country, attacking security formations and public property.