The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) is being sponsored by a coalition of treasury looters to sabotage the President Muhammadu Buhari administration.
Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed said on Sunday.
He claimed that the looters were hellbent on frustrating the efforts of the government under the guise of using IPOB to fight for the rights of the people of the Southeast.
”Nigerians must understand that IPOB was not set up to fight for the right of anyone or group, but as a tool to destabilise the nation, divert attention from the efforts of the Buhari Administration and obliterate the laudable achievements of the Government,” the Minister told a press conference in Lagos on Sunday.
”IPOB is being sponsored by those I will call the Coalition of the Politically Disgruntled and the Treasury Looters. They believe that by sponsoring this group to destabilize the country and trigger chaos, they will realize their ambition of escaping justice and then be free to dip their hands into the nation’s treasury again.”
Mohammed wondered why the activities of IPOB became heightened with the advent of this administration, saying: ”If this is coincidental, then that coincidence is uncanny, at the least. Remember that Nnamdi Kanu, who led a protest at the Nigeria House in London against Boko Haram insurgency and in support of Nigeria’s unity, under the Jonathan Administration, has suddenly metamorphosed into an IPOB monster who will rather set the nation ablaze.”
He said IPOB thrived on exploiting the nation’s fault lines, and that its modus operandi ”is to trigger conflagration nationwide through attacks and reprisals”.
”Thankfully, IPOB has failed in its evil machinations. The good people of Nigeria have seen beyond those cheap tactics and have avoided being incited against one another. We must remain vigilant and resolute. We must all say no to the incendiary and divisive tendencies of IPOB and its cohorts,” he said.
The Minister commended the Nigerian military for labelling IPOB a terrorist organisation and for checkmating the group, and the Southeast Governors for proscribing the organisation.