Thursday, 24 August 2017

Kanu To Buhari‘’Bring Superior Arguments Against The Agitation For Biafra other than Use of Force

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Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the indigenous people of Biafra (IPOB) said President Muhammadu Buhari  should rather bring superior arguments against the  propose succession  of  Biafra other than thinking towards the use of force .

 Kanu entangles this during a chat with journalists at his country home in Afaraukwu umuhahia in Abia State. His outburst is connected to the outcome of the president's meeting with service chiefs where he was quoted to have said on  teusday to  that the military  should deal decisively with Boko-Haram terrorist, IPOB agitators, marauding heardmen and other criminal elements.

The Biafra leader fault the president; saying the penchant by  Buhari's  recourse to the use of force to ameliorate burning national issues would never see the light of the day, adding that he (Kanu) would not soft-pedal to intimidation of such.

‘’ there was a time the government was contemplating the use of force on the troubled Niger Delta to the which the international community’s came out and frowned against the use of force’’ ‘’ in debate for  freedom everybody’s voice has to be heard, Buhari should come up with superior arguments to defeat the idea, not AK47’’, he said those that quickly resort to violence, hate and intimidation do so because they have lost force of arguments’’

Continuing, Kanu said it was totally wrong  for the president to compare and lump IPOB, an armless and peaceful mass movement with dreaded sects like boko-haram an internationally recognised terrorist organisation.
Pointing out that the decision by Buhari to unleash Nigeria’s security forces on IPOB had further demonstrated his dictatorship tendencies and his determination to enforce national unity on his own term and those of his people
 “It is the continuation of the Buhari regime’s dictatorial and unwholesomely undemocratic approach to governance. I find it unacceptable, abhorrent and insulting that somebody elected by the people can turn around and dictate to them how he wants them to behave,” the IPOB leader said.
Kanu reminded Buhari that he was elected to govern Nigeria and he should therefore face the business of governance “and not to instigate another war”.
He advised the Nigerian president to borrow a leaf from former US President Dwight Eisenhower who was an army commander, fought in a war and later became president because he was a democrat at heart.
Nonetheless, Kanu insisted that no matter how menacingly Buhari intends to bare his fangs, his action would in no way diminish the quest for Biafra’s self-determination, saying: “We are not afraid because IPOB is a peaceful mass movement, not a violent armed group.”
Kanu stated that no matter how anybody intends to characterise IPOB, there must be a distinction between a non-violent, peaceful mass movement as represented by IPOB and any other group whose activities pose a threat to national security.
According to him, “Most Nigerians live in denial, they know the truth but have chosen to ignore it,” adding that the records are there to prove that IPOB has remained a peaceful, non-violent organisation since its formation.
He said: “There is no record of injury being sustained, people fighting or having any altercation in any of the numerous IPOB gatherings where people converged in their millions to listen to this gospel of the restoration of Biafra. Not one single incident.
“We are the most disciplined, most well behaved mass movement anywhere on the face of this planet.
“Despite the genocidal killings, despite the arbitrary arrests, illegal detentions without trial, we can never be provoked into any armed conflict.
“We have refused to be provoked to armed rebellion; that is what Buhari is looking for. Buhari wants a war but we won’t oblige him because we are civilised people.”
On the formation of the Biafra Security Service (BSS), the IPOB leader explained that it was set up to prevent the menace of Fulani herdsmen, which he erroneously said Buhari avoided mentioning during his address because they are his kinsmen.
Kanu further explained that the BSS, which according to him, enjoys the full support of the people in the South-east and South-south became necessary following the threat by the coalition of Arewa youth groups to expel Igbos from the northern states.

“No army was set up. We have a Biafra Security Service to give us intelligence regarding the October 1 quit notice,” he said, adding that there was no reason the establishment of the BSS should raise any eyebrows since the Sharia police or Hisbah exists in states in the north.

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