The Presidency has slammed the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), saying the group are ‘thieves who unleash terror on the South-East and the South-South.’
In a statement released by Buhari’s media aide, Garba Shehu on Sunday, August 29, President Buhari 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.
”Attempts to simplify the reasons (for insecurity) into a basic narrative may help raise donor-dollars for international NGOs, fill pages of overseas newspapers and burnish foreign politicians’ faith credentials,” Buhari said.
“But this does not increase understanding, nor offer solutions. If anything, simplistic theorising and finger-pointing make the situation worse.”
“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.”
Speaking about Herder-farmer crisis, the statement added;
“There are no religious connotations at all when the primary purpose of these acts is to extract money.”
“Then the herder-farmer clashes. While international voices and some Nigerian politicians who seek personal gains from division declare this a matter of religion, for those involved, it is almost entirely a matter of access to water and land,” he stated.
“Herders have moved their cattle into contact with farmers for millennia. But increasingly, due to population pressure, escalating aridity of northern states, and climate change, they are forced to travel further south to find grazing lands.”