By our reporter| President Muhammadu Buhari has said that IPOB will not have “access to anywhere” even if they eventually secede from Nigeria as the elders and youths in the South-south have distanced themselves from the Biafra agitation.
Buhari who stated this during an interview with Arise TV on Thursday, described the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) as “a dot in a circle,” saying the group is isolated in its call for secession.
According to the President, “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 treated in the “language that they understand”.
He said, “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.”
“So that IPOB is just like a dot in a circle. Even if they want to exit, they’ll 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.”
“In any case, we say we’ll talk to them in the language that they understand. We’ll organise the police and the military to pursue them.”
IPOB has been agitating for the secession of the south-east from Nigeria and has been fingered for the violent attacks on security personnel and government institutions in the South east.