By Wisdom Deji-Folutile
President Muhammadu Buhari has described the Indigenous People of Biafra as “a dot in a circle,” saying the group is alone in its call for secession.
The President said this in an interview with Arise TV on Thursday.
According to the President, Southerners of all ages have confirmed to him personally that the region has no intention of seceding.
He said the secessionist group led by Nnamdi Kanu would not have “access to anywhere” even if they eventually secede from the country.
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, a secessionist agitation group fighting for Biafran independence, has recently been accused of using its Eastern Security Network to attack security outfits in the country.