The federal government, through the minister of information and culture has revealed that the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, is been financed by those who want to distract the Buhari administration from continuing with its laudable activities of steering Nigeria to greater heights.
The revelation was made by the minister at a news conference in Lagos on Sunday. He stressed those behind IPOB activities were corrupt politicians and individuals scared of been prosecuted for thier offences and therefore, trying to distabilize the government.
“They believe that by sponsoring this group to destabilize the country and trigger chaos, they will realise their ambition of escaping justice and then be free to dip their hands into the nation’s treasury again.
“The signs are very clear; the activities of IPOB became heightened with the advent of this administration, and have been unrelenting since then.
“If this is coincidental, then that coincidence is uncanny, at the least,” Mr. Mohammed said.
Justifying his claims, the minister recalled that IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu, was the same person who, during former President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration, advocated the unity of Nigeria as well as led a protest at the Nigeria House in London against Boko Haram insurgency.
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“Has anyone wondered why IPOB decided to up the ante, so to say, in its violent campaign immediately it was announced that Nigeria has come out of recession?
“Now, instead of the government being given the chance to consolidate on that monumental achievement, it is being distracted, and the airwaves have been polluted with the activities of IPOB.
“The good news of the end of recession and its fall-outs are
being replaced in the headlines with the IPOB show of shame,” he said.
“They set up parallel military and para-military organisations, mount road blocks and even confront the Nigerian military.
“Their leader openly solicits for weapons and incites hatred and violence,” he said.
Mr. Mohammed condemned the formation of the Biafra Secret Service, claiming they represented a threat to the nation’s integrity and security.
“No nation, not Nigeria, will allow that to happen unchallenged.
“The fact that Boko Haram festered because it was not decisively tackled by the immediate past administration meant we should never again give room for any organisation to threaten the corporate existence of our country.”
“This is why I want to commend the Nigerian military for once again, living up to its constitutional responsibility.
“But for its quick and decisive intervention, IPOB could have set the nation on fire.
“Thanks to the decisiveness of the military; today the governors of the states in the South-east have wisely proscribed IPOB.
“This step, though long overdue, is still commendable,” he said.
“This is a blatant lie. It is not in the agenda of this administration
to suppress its citizens for whatever reasons.
“Not even the excesses of some people on the social media have forced the government to do anything that will stifle press freedom or freedom of expression,” he said.
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“We call on all to subject all such videos to the greatest scrutiny so as not to be misled.
“In particular, we urge the international community not to jump to any conclusion on the basis of such videos,” he said.
Mr. Mohammed appealed to the media to show restraint in its reporting of the IPOB issues.
He alleged that since the military deployed “Operation Python Dance II” to the South-east, it had been sensationalised by a section of the media.
“The divisive and jaundiced opinions of some anarchists have been given a big play by a section of the media. This is wrong.
“The Nigerian media cannot afford to sit on the fence or engage in irresponsible journalism when the issue at stake is the very survival of our nation.
“This is because no professional, including journalists, can operate when a nation descends into anarchy,” he said.