- Making Nnamdi Kanu face justice will end IPOB's harmful activities in Nigeria, especially in the southeast
- This is the belief of the presidency projected by Garba Shehu in a statement on Sunday, October 24
- Shehu released the statement in reaction to a London newspaper, The Economist, that recently criticised President Buhari's administration
The Nigerian presidency has replied to a London newspaper, The Economist, over its criticism of the President Buhari-led administration.
In a recent statement, a presidential media aide, Garba Shehu, slammed the paper for criticising his principal over security situations in Nigeria, Vanguard reports.
Shehu noted that it is the belief of the president that Kanu's trial will lead to the end of violent crimes committed by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in the southeast.
The president's media aide said the final blow which will end the injurious activities of the southeast group is to designate it as a terrorist organisation, This Day added.
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“In the South-East, IPOB – which the Economist rightly describes as “delusional” – the arrest and present trial of the terrorist leader of the group is the beginning of its demise.
“The President’s administration is redoubling efforts to have IPOB rightfully designated as a terrorist group by our allies outside of Nigeria – an act which will collapse their ability to transact gains from crime and extortion in foreign currencies."
He added that all elected office holders whom IPOB has named as its supporters have distanced themselves from it.
FG accuses some countries of aiding embattled IPOB leader
Malami while briefing journalists on Friday, October 22, insisted that Kanu didn't act alone after he escaped from the country, saying some state actors aided the embattled IPOB leader even as a fugitive.
According to him, the leader of the outlawed group has accomplices in Nigeria and abroad which includes individuals and groups.
The minister of justice called on the affected countries to desist from aiding acts by Kanu and IPOB against Nigeria and its people.