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‘Using the Military Against IPOB Not Way Forward’ – Obasanjo Tells Buhari To Meet With Nnamdi Kanu

Nigeria’s former President, Olusegun Obasanjo has told President Buhari how to end insecurity in the Southeast.

Olusegun Obasanjo

Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo has said the decision to use the army to squash secessionist agitations in the southeast is not the way forward.

Obasanjo said President Muhammadu Buhari must meet with the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, before the ongoing crisis gets out of hand.

Talking to Newsweek, Obasanjo, who as president met with Niger Delta militant leaders in 2006 to stop attacks on oil installations, said: “I don’t see anything wrong in that [Buhari meeting with Kanu]. I would not object to that; if anything, I would encourage it.

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“I would want to meet Kanu myself and talk to people like him, people of his age, [and ask:] ‘What are your worries?’ Not only from the southeast but from all parts of Nigeria.”

He said the Army’s “heavy boot” response to pro-Biafra sentiment is “not the solution” and added that the secession craved by IPOB, is not the way forward either.

“We need to satisfy the youth in job creation, in wealth creation, in giving them a better, fulfilled life, in giving them hope for the future. There’s no easy way out,” Obasanjo added.

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