Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, has compared the activities of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to terror sects, Boko Haram and Islamic State in West Africa Province, ISWAP.
The chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) said there is no difference between the secessionist group and its terrorist counterparts.
Fani-Kayode was reacting to the ongoing one-week sit-at-home being enforced across the south-east by an IPOB faction headed by Simon Ekpa, saying the agitators are not better than insurgents.
He reposted a disturbing viral video of students and teachers that were brutalised on Wednesday for writing exams in school instead of oberving the sit-at-home.
The ex-minister accused supporters of the Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi, known as Obidients, of carrying out the heinous attack.
Fani-Kayode wrote: “Behold the works of the armed wing of the Obidient movement, all in the name of Biafra. Enugu was relatively peaceful whilst Gburugburu was there, but now we are witnessing this savage barbarity against children.
“I am at a loss for words. This is pure evil. Are these Biafran/Obidient footsoldiers any better than Boko Haram and ISWAP? Such wickedness is rarely seen, and I wholeheartedly condemn it. Something must be done!”
The Ekpa faction of the secessionist group had declared a one-week sit-at-home in the entire Southeast to protest the continuous incarceration of the IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu.
Meanwhile, recently warned against linking the Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi, to the attack on a US convoy in Anambra State.
IPOB spokesperson, Emma Powerful, issued the warning in a statement, adding that the allegation was mere demonization by those it noted does not want him to succeed.
The secessionist group noted that Obi’s mandate is divine and can never be truncated by anyone. Powerful also dismissed allegations by the Nigerian security forces that IPOB members were part of the attack.
The statement said; It is important to note that those accusing IPOB of being behind the attack on the US Embassy convoy are the real masterminders.
Their quest to blackmail IPOB globally has led them into assassinating innocent people in Biafra Land. For instance, these government agents assassinated Gulak in Owerri, and they assassinated an army couple in an undisclosed location in Biafra.
They assassinated Dr. Akunyili in Anambra (late Dora Akunyili’s husband). In all these and many more of the state-sponsored murder cases, IPOB was accused, and to date, police never investigated any of them.
If not for the Intel from IPOB M-Branch on the plans to assassinate ex-British High Commissioner, Catriona Laing, in 2022 and the warning from IPOB leadership for her not to visit South East, they would have assassinated her too.
This recent attack on the US Embassy convoy is likely another state-sponsored attack to discredit the peaceful IPOB movement and to make South East more unsafe for investors to continue coming to Biafra to invest. Again, they are late because our call for investors has already started yielding fruit.
There is no way they can link innocent Peter Obi to it because he is from Anambra State. Does that mean that all the attacks happening in Adamawa State and Katsina State were caused by Atiku Abubakar and the Buhari in Aso Rock, respectively?
No matter how ESN security work is, it can never be deemed good or right by the Nigerian government and its security agents. What is the justification to link Peter Obi to the criminalities going on in the Southeast?
Can it also be said that all the banditry and terrorism happening in Northern Nigeria is masterminded by their criminal politicians whose evidence shows that they aid and abet terrorists?