New facts have emerged as to the reason behind former President, Olusegun Obasanjo’s Support for the IPOB leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
The former President reacted to the Nnamdi Kanu speech at the European Parliament on Tuesday, said President Muhammadu Buhari must meet with the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu before the ongoing crisis gets out of hand.
“President Mohammadu Buhari must do the right thing which is to eschew ethnicity and embrace a pan-Nigerian approach to solving the crises brewing in every part of the country especially the south-east of the country”.
“Nobody can wish the agitations away, if you cannot treat Nigerians as one family, then it’s high time that you grant the wishes of those trying to secede from Nigeria”, he said.
According to Ndigbo Link, Obasanjo, who as the president met with Niger Delta militant leaders in 2006 to stop attacks on oil installations, said: “I don’t see anything wrong in that [Buhari meeting with Kanu].
“I would not object to that; if anything, I would encourage it”, he said.
“I would want to meet Kanu myself and talk to people like him, people of his age, [and ask:] ‘What are your worries?’ Not only from the southeast but from all parts of Nigeria.”
He said the Army’s “heavy boot” response to pro-Biafra sentiment is “not the solution” and added that the secession craved by IPOB, is not the way forward either.
“We need to satisfy the youth in job creation, in wealth creation, in giving them a better, fulfilled life, in giving them hope for the future.
There’s no easy way out,” Obasanjo added.
“President Buhari must do the needful or watch the country in flames, he advised”