Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Military Issues Warning to Militants, Biafra Agitators Ahead Of Up Coming Protest

Updated 21 September, 2016
– The military warned militants and secessionists to desists or be dealt with 

– They insisted that the unity of Nigeria was a task that would not be joked with 

– IPOB plan to protest in support of Nnamdi Kanu With preparation in line to stage a protest in support for Nnamdi Kanu, top military officials have issued a warning to the secessionists to desist.

The Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) announced a protest scheduled for Friday, September 23 to press for the release of Kanu who arrested in Lagos in October 2015. 

The group has also been carrying out protest in an agitation for independent Biafra state although President Muhammadu Buhari has insisted that the unity of Nigeria was non-negotiable.

Vanguard reports that the chief of defence staff, Gen. Abayomi Olonishakin warned IPOB members to desist or face the wrath of security operatives. 

He also extended the same warning to militants who have been terrorising the Niger Delta region to stop or will be dealt with. 

He gave this vow on Tuesday, September 20 shortly after declaring open the 2nd and 3rd quarter of the Chief of Army Staff Conference in Makurdi in Benue. 

He said: “We will use all that we have on any person or group that goes contrary to this. We are using this opportunity to appeal and even warn all those, who are responsible for sabotage of critical infrastructure to channel their energy to developmental issues for the nation. 

“And even those, who are also clamouring for secession, I think I want to advise them to channel their effort toward the development of the nation.

“The indivisibility of this nation is sacrosanct just like the president – Muhammadu Buhari said, and we in the military are poised to ensure that is achieved.” Olonishakin urged Nigerians to embrace peace as that was the way the country can attain development. 

Meanwhile,  Prince Kanu who is the brother of Nnamdi Kanu raised alarm over the health of the leader of the IPOB and asked the President Buhari-led federal government to allow him get medical treatment A splinter group, the Reformed Indigenous People Of Biafra had claimed that Kanu was hale and fine but Prince insisted that his brother was going through a tough time in prison. 

“The leader of IPOB, Kanu is my brother and is having a severe abdominal pain and occasional tightening in the chest resulting in cough. 

“My brother needs urgent medical attention and we demand that a foreign doctors be allowed to examine him because we believe more in their diagnosis after all even the President travels abroad for treatment.”

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