Biafra Activists Should Form a Political Party – Buhari.
President Muhammadu Buhari Yesterday, foreclosed any chance for a referendum as a path to bring healing and closure to the agitations of the Separatist Group Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
He made the statement during a media event in New York City at the end of his visit to the United States as the leader of Nigeria’s delegation to the 71th United Nations’ General Assembly.
The president stated that:
The choice left for Biafran activists is to form a political party that would advance their interest within the Nigerian democratic space.
This advice to “Biafra activists” comes a day after commercial activities in some key cities in the South East, and South-South of Nigeria were grounded following a stay-at-home order from the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) on Friday.
There were also protests in various cities around the world by Biafran activists demanding the release from prison of IPOB’s leader, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu. In recent past, the president had been dismissive of Biafran agitators as kids who did not see the Biafra-Nigeria Civil War.
A few weeks ago, while speaking to Youth Corp members who visited him at his country home in Daura, the president pressed on them to ask their friends to forget Biafra.
Mr. Buhari also used the opportunity offered by the media event to outline the accomplishments of his trip to the General Assembly. He stated that Nigeria was well represented at various meetings held as part of the General Assembly.
The president was accompanied to the event by the governors of Lagos and Zamfara states.
Other government officials present were ministers of Foreign Affairs, Justice, Defence, Internal Affairs and other top government officials.
PMB departed New York for Abuja after the press conference.