Kanu’s Trial Will Lead To The End Of IPOB – Garba Shehu

Kanu’s Trial Will Lead To The End Of IPOB - Garba Shehu
Malam Garba Shehu and Nnamdi Kanu
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Presidential spokesman, Malam Garba Shehu has asserted that the trial of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), will see to the end of the group.

He made this assertion while responding to a harsh criticism of President Muhammadu Buhari by a London-based news magazine, The Economist over the weekend.

Africa Daily News, New York had earlier recalled that the Economist had scored the government of President Muhammadu Buhari low, saying his ‘inept and heavy-handed’ administration has failed to tackle corruption.

In an editorial titled, ‘The Crime Scene at the Heart of Africa,’ which was published in its October 23, 2021, edition, the news magazine carpeted the Nigerian Army by saying it was as only strong on paper.

It alleged that the Nigerian army which had ghost workers on its payroll also often sold equipment to insurgents who destabilise the nation.

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The Economist, which said economic hardship was fuelling the current insecurity in the country, added that life had become more difficult for Nigerians as food prices skyrocketed because of the administration’s mismanagement of the economy.

But in a statement titled ‘Economist’s Flawed, Anti-Nigeria Cover: President Buhari is Strengthening Africa’s Democracy‘, Shehu said resilience and fortitude of patriotic Nigerians would see the nation through the difficult times.
He said the new magazine was correct that Nigeria faces multiple threats but that ‘they confluence now not because of this government; but on the contrary, it is this government which is addressing them concurrently, and simultaneously – when no other prior administration sought to adequately address even a single one’.

The statement said the Economist opinionated on banditry and kidnapping in the North-West, explaining that ‘While this has been simmering for generations, it is the newest of the organized threats Nigeria faces to her stability. But this too the Economist inaccurately described: ‘bandits’ who have the resources and technology to shoot down a military fighter jet are not bandits at all – but rather highly organised crime syndicates with huge resources and weaponry.

‘Yet they are essentially no different to Boko Haram in this regard who are now cornered. It will take time, but the President is unwavering in his determination to collapse this challenge to public order,’

The presidential aide said the arrest and present trial of the terrorist leader of IPOB, which he stressed the Economist rightly describes as ‘delusional’ was the beginning of its demise.
He said the President’s administration was redoubling efforts to have IPOB rightfully designated as a terrorist group by its allies outside of Nigeria.

Shehu said it is an act which will collapse their ability to transact gains from crime and extortion in foreign currencies.

‘It is important to remind the Economist and the global media that this group’s aggression and widespread presence on social media does not reflect their public support, for which they have none: all elected governors, all elected politicians and all elected state assemblies in the South-East – which IPOB claim to be part of their fantasy kingdom – reject them completely.’

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) is secessionist group pushing the restoration of the Republic of Biafra.

AFRICA DAILY NEWS, NEW YORK

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