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Information minister says ‘treasury looters’ behind IPOB

The Nigerian government says ‘treasury looters’ are the sponsors of the secessionist group,the Independent People of Biafra.

The country’s Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, stated that the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) were being sponsored by certain disgruntled elements to sabotage the Buhari Administration, under the guise of fighting for the rights of the people of the South-east.

Nigerians must understand that IPOB was not set up to fight for the right of anyone or group, but as a tool to destabilize the nation, divert attention from the efforts of the Buhari Administration and obliterate the laudable achievements of the Government, the Minister

told a press conference in Lagos on Sunday.

IPOB is being sponsored by those I will call the Coalition of the Politically Disgruntled and the Treasury Looters. They believe that by sponsoring this group to destabilize the country and trigger chaos, they will realize their ambition of escaping justice and then be free

to dip their hands into the nation’s treasury again, he said.

He said IPOB thrived on exploiting the nation’s fault lines, and that its modus operandi is to trigger conflagration nationwide through attacks and reprisals.

Thankfully, IPOB has failed in its evil machinations. The good people of Nigeria have seen beyond those cheap tactics and have avoided being incited against one another. We must remain vigilant and resolute. We must all say no to the incendiary and divisive tendencies

of IPOB and its cohorts, he said.

The Minister commended the Nigerian military for labelling IPOB a terrorist organization and for checkmating the group, and the South-east Governors for proscribing the organization.

But for (the military’s) quick and decisive intervention, IPOB could have set the nation on fire. Thanks to the decisiveness of the military, today the Governors of the states in the South-east have wisely proscribed IPOB, he said.

Such videos, which have very high emotive quotient, are circulating on the Social Media. We call on all to subject such videos to the greatest scrutiny so as not to be misled. In particular, we urge the international community not to jump to any conclusion on the basis of such videos, he said.

The Minister also appealed to the media to show greater restraint and avoid sensationalism in their reporting of the military exercise, Operation Python Dance II, in the South-east.

Source: Voice of Nigeria