IPOB Crisis: Jonathan Condemns Buhari, Slams Lai Mohammed
Nigeria’s former President Goodluck Jonathan has condemned the Muhamma
du Buhari government over the show of force in the South East and South West concerning the crisis created by the agitation for the republic of Biafra by the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.
In a statement signed on his behalf by Reno Omokri, Jonathan said the Buhari government should note that Nigeria isn’t under a dictatorship.
Emboldened by Senate President Bukola Saraki’s statement who said the military had no right to declare IPOB as a terror group, Jonathan said:
“We want to advise the Buhari administration, which has announced plans to extend the military show of force to the South-South and the South-West through Operation Crocodile Smile, to tread with caution.
“Nigeria is no longer under military rule. In a democracy, you separate the military from the police. The military is not meant to fight criminality within a nation because they are trained to fight a nation’s external enemies.
“It is the police that are trained to fight crime internally. When the military starts doing the job of the police and starts fighting or doing what they call a ‘show of force’, the effect will not be to reduce crime.
The effect will be to intimidate people.”
He also slammed Information Minister Lai Mohammed for saying the agitation for Biafra was caused by PDP’s loss of the 2015 election.
“The insinuations in the press conference given by Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, on Sunday, accusing the opposition of sponsoring the IPOB and the fact that he mentioned that Nnamdi Kanu preached Nigerian unity during the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan is another clear indication that the present administration has not left propaganda mode for proper agenda mode two and a half year into their tenure.
“If the government, in which Lai Mohammed serves, knows which opposition members are sponsoring IPOB, then they should identify them, arrest them and then prosecute them.”
Jonathan said Mohammed had no moral right to cast aspersions as the minister had once criticised him for declaring Boko Haram a terrorist group.
He added, “It is our suspicion that Lai Mohammed is talking from history seeing as he criticized the Jonathan government for banning Boko Haram in a statement he released on June 10, 2013, even though the Jonathan government had gone through due process before proscribing that murderous sect. Perhaps Lai Mohammed thinks everybody is like him and those he represents.”
He then told him to focus on his job instead of propaganda.
HoR Chief Whip Blasts Saraki For Saying IPOB Isn’t a Terrorist Organization
The Chief Whip of the House of Representatives, Alhassan Ado-Doguwa, has condemned Senate President Bukola Saraki for saying IPOB isn’t a terrorist organization.
According to him, Saraki’s declaration was “a mere political statement” that portrayed the nation’s Number Three citizen as “a controversial leader.”
“I am sure the Senate President was only expressing his personal opinion, which I further believe was not a good one in the given circumstances. The Nigerian Armed forces in my opinion are doing their best professionally and in the best interest of a united Nigeria.
Even the south-eastern state governors have declared the activities of Kanu’s IPOB as illegal and therefore proscribed. He (Senate President) can’t cry more than the bereaved.
“For me, the recent comment made by the Senate President on this matter was a mere political statement that would only portray him as a controversial leader.
Considering the attacks meted out to innocent Nigerians by the IPOB group in the South-East and indeed the nationalistic conduct of the northern governors and the prompt action they took to stop possible reprisals in the North, the Senate President’s statement was to say the least
Biafra: Blessing Anyim, Pius Anyim’s Daughter On What Celebrities Should Do
US-based Nigerian actress, and daughter of former Senate President, Anyim Pius Anyim has spoken about the on-going Biafra agitations facing President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.
Speaking on celebrities’ role in the crisis, Blessing Anyim said the Nigerian celebrities are in best position to use their influence to bring about stability, and peace in the country. She described these two as non-negotiable.
Blessing Anyim said, “Celebrities have the biggest platform to persuade or grab the attention of people. The roles celebrities can play to ensure the stability of the country cannot be overemphasised.
“Instead of keeping mute, they should use their platforms to influence and persuade the Nigerian society at large for peace and stability.
“In this part of the world, people don’t respect the democratic system of governance the way they are meant to respect it. Of course you have the right to vote the candidates who best represent your ideas and beliefs, so when situations like this present themselves, we have leaders who can come together and think of a solution to avoid the killing of innocent people.”
The fast rising actress, who is pursuing her modelling career in the US advised every Nigerian to embrace peace and social development.
She added that, “We should all maintain unity among ourselves as Nigerians, and seek for national societal development. Maintaining a middle ground should be our priority.”
Olumba Olumba Obu Prays Against Biafra Actualization
The spiritual leader of the Brotherhood of the Cross and Star, His Holiness Olumba Olumba Obu has prayed against the actualization of Biafra sovereignty, insisting that it will not succeed since God has not approved of it.
“His Holiness Olumba Olumba Obu of the Brotherhood of the Cross and Star has for the umpteenth time spoken against the ongoing agitation for the sovereignty of Biafra, insisting that it will not succeed since God has not approved of it.”
Consequently, Olumba ordered his faithful to sing around the streets of Aba and pray for peace and unity of the country, saying Biafra “should disappear because it is not in the agenda of God.”
The spiritual leader announced that he was going ahead to lead his large congregation to Owerri, the heart of Ibo land, this week where he will meet with major stakeholders in the Southeast region, including governors and youth leaders.
Dr Thomas Commander, an aide to the spiritual leader and international coordinating chairman of the bodies organising the visit said not less than 10,000, mostly youths will accompany the spiritual leader to Aba.
In a statement made available to DAILY POST, Eyo Charles said that Brotherhood All Youths Assembly (BAYA), a mega youth arm of the spiritual organisation will use the opportunity of their leader’s visit to stage their own youth conference which is aimed at cautioning youth against laziness, violence, instigation, promiscuity, and to
support youth education and empowerment.
According to him, the spiritual leader’s visit will bring about greater peace and understanding as he will meet with all the Southeast stakeholders and governors.
He said “The 10,000 strong BAYA will stage a mammoth public solemn procession across several major streets in Owerri, singing and praying for peace in Ibo land and Nigeria as a whole.
“Few weeks ago, a pan Igbo organisation, Igbo World Congress, headed by former Biafran war lord, Col Joe Achuzia (rtd) who is one of Obu’s teeming adherents, was in Calabar where they appealed to Olumba Obu for his kind
“Towards resolving the Biafra question, all Igbo leaders and youths under the leadership of Achuzia also resolved to hold what they called Ibo Love and Unity Feast, which occasion they aim to bring together many Igbo interests.