- Lauretta Onochie has argued against the agitation for the Republic of Biafra
- The presidential aide based her augments on the surrender of the Biafran state to Nigeria in 1970
- The agitation for Biafra has resurfaced in some parts of the southeast
A presidential aide, Lauretta Onochie, has argued that there will never be a Republic of Biafra again.
The senior special assistant on social media to the president in a tweet on Monday, April 5, said the Republic of Biafra died the day secessionist forces surrendered to the then head of state, Yakubu Gowon.
Onochie shared a video showing the then Head of State, receiving the then Biafran Vice President, Major General Philip Effiong, who facilitated the surrender of the Biafran State to Nigeria in 1970.
''Relief on the faces of Philip Effiong 2nd in command to Ojukwu & his men as they surrender says #NeverAgainBiafra The joy on d face of d then Head of state Yakubu Gowon says, #OneNigeria. The very day nails were put in the coffin of #Biafra There'll never be Biafra again, Never.''
Legit.ng reported that in a statement posted on his Twitter page on Monday, April 5, a presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, said the president condemned what he regarded as the insurgent attack that took place on the police command Headquarters and the correctional facility in Owerri, Imo state.
President Buhari called the incident an act of terrorism that must be checkmated at all costs.
In another report, the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has disclosed that the attack on the force headquarters in Imo state are members of the Eastern Security Network (ESN).
In a statement sent to Legit.ng and signed by police spokesperson Frank Mba on Monday, April 5, the IGP noted that initial investigations by the force showed that ESN, a security body recently launched by the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), was behind the attack.
The statement informed that the police officers in the station at the time of the attack prevented the assailants from gaining access to the armoury to steal weapons.