President Muhammadu Buhari said Friday that investigations had revealed that certain high-profile financiers including a federal lawmaker are behind the activities of Nnamdi Kanu and Sunday Adeyemo, aka Igboho.
The President stated this during his Independence Day broadcast on Friday.
“The recent arrests of Nnamdi Kanu and Sunday Adeyemo, and the ongoing investigations being conducted have revealed certain high-profile financiers behind these individuals. We are vigorously pursuing these financiers including one identified as a serving member of the National Assembly,” he said.
Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, is currently in the custody of the Department of State Services while Igboho, Yoruba Nation agitator, in in detention in the Republic of Benin.
“This is a clear example of how people abandon their national leadership positions for their selfish gains. Instead of preaching unity, they are funding and misleading our youth to conduct criminal acts that sometimes lead to unfortunate and unnecessary loss of lives and property.
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“As the so-called leaders run abroad to hide, our innocent youths are misled and left in the streets to fight for their senseless and destructive causes,” President Buhari said.
However, he said the government would continue to address legitimate grievances.
“Nigeria is for all of us. Its unity is not negotiable. And its ultimate success can only be achieved if we all come together with a common goal of having peace and prosperity for our nation.
“We shall continue to work on dialogue based solutions to address legitimate grievances. But we remain ready to take decisive actions against secessionist agitators and their sponsors who threaten our national security,” he said.