– President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed to deal with the agitators for the creation of Biafra state
– Implores Nigerians to ignore such individuals or groups calling for the country’s break-up – Urges community leaders across the country to introduce monthly or quarterly meeting with their community members where they will address issues relating to their welfare President Muhammadu Buhari has declared his readiness to fight again if need be to secure the unity of Nigeria.
Buhari who made the resolve in Katsina on Monday, May 9, during his visit to the Emir of Katsina, Alhaji Abdulmumuni Kabiru Usman, vowed to deal with the agitators for the creation of Biafra state, who he said wanted to disintegrate Nigeria, New Telegraph reports.
The president called on all Nigerians to ignore such individuals or groups calling for the country’s break-up, narrating that over two million people died during the last civil war in Nigeria. He said: “That boy (Nnamdi Kanu of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB), who is calling for the separation of Nigeria, he was not born when we fought for the country’s unity during the civil war.” The president lamented that over two million people were killed during the civil war, all in an effort to maintain the unity of the country. He said division is “a situation we cannot allow to repeat itself”. “I am ready to fight back to defend the country from those agitating for the creation of Biafra State, even if we will get drowned,” he said. Buhari who cited his disciplined upbringing from his parents and teachers while growing up as a teenager coupled with the good training he got as a military officer, vowed that he would never condone indiscipline from people who did not mean well for the country.
While expressing concerns over the current economic hardship in the country, President Buhari urged traditional rulers to educate their subjects on why they have to be patient, he also implored community leaders across the country to introduce monthly or quarterly meeting with their community members where they will address issues relating to their welfare. Meanwhile, the south east caucus of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has begged militants under the aegis of the new group, the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) to allow peace reign in the interest of the nation. In a statement issued on Monday, May 9, by the party’s spokesman, Osita Okechukwu asked the NDA to give President Muhammadu Buhari time to address their demands, Vanguard reports. Okechukwu asked the group to put into consideration the laudable projects the current administration led by Buhari had lined up for the Niger Delta and allow the president some time to execute them.