Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has said that those behind the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) are a coalition of treasury looters and disgruntled elements who have the intention of trying to sabotage the efforts of the current administration.
Lai Mohammed said, “Nigerians must understand that IPOB was not set up to fight for the right of anyone or group, but as a tool to destabilize the nation, divert attention from the efforts of the Buhari Administration and obliterate the laudable achievements of the Government”
The minister who disclosed this at a press conference in lagos, further said “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”
According to the Minister, it was uncanny that the same Nnamdi Kanu who had led a protest to the Nigeria House in London in support of Nigeria’s unity and against the Boko Haram mayhem during the Goodluck Jonathan’s regime had now become the same person with the intention of destablizing the nation through IPOB.
He said, “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 however went ahead to commend the efforts of the Military in checkmating the menace of the IPOB.
Lai Mohammmed said,”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.”
But for (the military’s) quick and decisive intervention, IPOB could have set the nation on fire. Thanks to the decisiveness of the military, today the Governors of the states in the South-east have wisely proscribed IPOB.”