The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of using his “tribesmen” to kill Northern minorities and Christians across the country.
IPOB made the allegation in a statement on Wednesday by its spokesperson, Emma Powerful, while reacting to the recent killings in Kaduna State in which at least 27 people in Birnin Gwari community were brutally murdered by armed bandits last weekend.
According to IPOB, Mr. Buhari has allowed his “tribesmen” to frighten Northern minorities and Christians into accepting the continued killings as a norm.
The group added that the president has succeeded in “using what amounts to state terrorism to subdue every dissenting voice in the land.”
The statement reads partly: “The leadership and entire family members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) is horrified at the recent killing of over 46 innocent citizens in Kaduna State and the seeming silence of the majority over atrocities committed by a minority. It’s appalling that the present APC Government led by Major General Muhammadu Buhari has continued to allow his tribesmen (the Fulanis) to use sustained killings and maiming to frighten and cow Northern minorities and Christians all over Nigeria into accepting the bloodbath going on in parts of Southern Kaduna and parts of Middle Belt as a norm.
“The level of cowardice exhibited by the political class in Nigeria across every divide in the face of this unrelenting onslaught is so disgraceful there are no words to describe it. What this Buhari regime has succeeded in doing is using what amounts to state terrorism to subdue every dissenting voice in the land.
“People are detained at the whim of any high ranking person in Aso Rock with access to an army or police commander. It doesn’t matter if the alleged crime can be substantiated or not as long as there are many loyalist judges to rubber stamp illegal detentions then nobody can stop them.
“Judges and magistrates have been turned to prosecutors, persecutors and executioners at the service of the state. They are mandated to jail, detain and deny bail to any perceived enemy of the regime even when this means going against the Constitution of Nigeria.
“These judges now provide legal cover for Buhari’s abuse of individual rights and fundamental liberties. Justice has been turned on its head due to the cowardice of men and dire need to prop up the existence of lazy people brought up on the myth that national survival is exclusively dependent on proceeds from oil and gas. In other words, without access to a natural resource like oil and gas these people are nothing, they are almost sub-human.
“What the spate of killings, arbitrary arrests, illegal detentions and political intimidations deployed by the controllers of the levers of power in Nigeria has done is to reinforce the message of IPOB that total dismemberment of Nigeria along ethnic lines and value system is the only solution going forward. Under the prevailing arrangement many more people will die needlessly as Nigeria heads full speed towards Somalia as predicted by our leader many years ago.”