The Presidency says Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) are ‘terrorists who unleash terror on the South-East and South-South’.
President Buhari’s media aide, Garba Shehu, said in a statement on Sunday, August 29, “it is important both for Nigerians and the international community to acknowledge that a multitude of factors contribute to worsening insecurity in Nigeria.”.
“Simplifying the reasons (for insecurity) may assist international NGOs in raising donation money, fill overseas newspapers and burnish foreign politicians’ faith credentials,” Buhari said.
“But this does not increase understanding or provide solutions.”. Simply presenting theories and pointing fingers doesn’t solve the problem.
When IPOB attacks police stations and properties in the South-East, they are not fighting for freedom, but rather committing acts of terrorism to steal money.
“IPOB is not defending Christians, as their highly paid foreign lobbyists claim, “since most of the citizens of the states they terrorize are Christians.”
Speaking about Herder-farmer crisis, the statement added;
The primary purpose of these acts is to extract money, so there is no religious connotation at all.
In addition, there were herder-farmer clashes. And while some international voices and Nigerian politicians who seek personal gain from division claimed it was a matter of religion, for those involved, it is almost entirely a matter of access to water and land,” he said.
“Herders have moved their cattle into contact with farmers for millennia. However, due to increasing population pressure, escalating aridity in northern states, and climate change, they are driven further south to find grazing lands.”