16 September 2017
…Says neither IPOB’s secessionist agitation nor Buhari’s military response is right
By James Ojo
Nigeria’s former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has enjoined President Muhammadu Buhari to meet with the leader of Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu so as to amicably resolve the ongoing tension between the Nigerian Army and IPOB members.
Speaking with Newsweek in London, the former President stated that the move has become imperative to ensure the violence between the army and separatists does not snowball into a full-blown conflict.
He 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.
“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.”
According to him, the Nigerian Army’s “heavy boot” response to pro-Biafra sentiment is “not the solution, but adds that the secession craved by IPOB is not the way forward either.
Suggesting the way forward, Obasanjo said: “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.
“Those who fought in the war in Biafra will not want to fight any other war,” he says.
“I have fought one war too many in Nigeria; I don’t want to see another.”