President Muhammadu Buhari has said a serving member of the National Assembly and some high-profile personalities are financiers of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu and Yoruba nation activist, Sunday Igboho.
In his speech on Friday to mark the nation’s 61st Independence, the President said his government was vigorously pursuing the financiers whom he refused to name.
According to Buhari the alleged sponsors have abandoned their leadership responsibilities for what he termed as selfish gain.
He said; “Nigeria is for all of us. Its unity is not negotiable. And its ultimate success can only be achieved if we all come together with a common goal of having peace and prosperity for our nation.
“We shall continue to work on dialogue-based solutions to address legitimate grievances. But we remain ready to take decisive actions against secessionist agitators and their sponsors who threaten our national security.
“The recent arrests of Nnamdi Kanu and Sunday Adeyemo, and the ongoing investigations being conducted have revealed certain high-profile financiers behind these individuals. We are vigorously pursuing these financiers including one identified as a serving member of the National Assembly.
“This is a clear example of how people abandon their national leadership positions for their selfish gains. Instead of preaching unity, they are funding and misleading our youths to conduct criminal acts that sometimes lead to unfortunate and unnecessary loss of lives and property.
“As the so-called leaders run abroad to hide, our innocent youths are misled and left in the streets to fight for their senseless and destructive causes.”
Buhari said in line with Section 14(2)(b) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), the security and welfare of Nigerians continued to be the prime focus on which programmes and projects of his regime revolve.
To this end, the President vowed to arrest and prosecute those he said weree fond of inciting violence.