16 September 2017
By Justice Nwafor
Nigeria’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama, has said the threats posed by the Independent Peoples of Biafra, IPOB, will be crushed by the country without requiring any international help.
Mr. Onyeama said this during a news conference at the UN headquarters in New York on Friday evening.
According to him, the threat from the self-agitation group would be handled.
He said the threat is not like that of Boko Haram which needed collaboration with Nigeria’s neighbours to deal with.
“IPOB is as of now an internal threat and Nigeria does not need international assistance to resolve it,” the minister said.
“The president is prepared to tell world leaders that the ingredients for a happy, peaceful country are good governance and a strong economy.
“If we can get the economy right and we can get the good governance to our people, we believe that most of our problems would be taken care of.
“We are a country of young people; the majority of our population is under the age of 35 and a lot of them are restless.
“They are restless because of economic opportunities and that is why we have the migration issue.
“A lot of the youth are the product of very bad governance over the years and that has deprived the young people of educational opportunities and job opportunities”, he said.
Mr. Onyeama continued, “Mr. President is trying to restructure the country to put in place the bases for good governance.
“Because once you have good governance and your resources are being channelled to where they are supposed to be, which is on development, then you begin to address a lot of issues.”
He said unlike IPOB, Boko Haram was not an internal threat but international, pointing out its allegiance to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, ISIS.