Nnamdi Kanu To Buhari: Defeat Me With Superiority Of Your Argument Not With AK 47.
Nnamdi Kanu, who is the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to come up with a better argument in the “debate for freedom”, other than seeking to subdue him through prison sentence or violence.
Nnamdi Kanu said this on Wednesday in Abia state, while he was reacting to Buhari’s marching order to security agencies to tackle the excesses of secessionist groups in Nigeria, including IPOB.
Mr President had also discussed the issue of IPOB – among other “security threats” in his Presidential Speech after returning from London– with service chiefs during a meeting on Tuesday.
But Nnamdi Kanu faulted claims that IPOB is a violent group.
While stating that the “recourse to brute force to solve national problems would never work,” the IPOB leader said the people must not be “railroaded into succumbing to intimidation”.
“In this debate for freedom, everybody has to be heard. Buhari should defeat me with the superiority of his argument not AK 47,” he said.
“Some people quickly recourse to violence, hate and intimidation because they have lost the force of argument.
“It is the continuation of Buhari’s dictatorial and unwholesomely undemocratic approach to governance. I find it unacceptable and insulting that somebody elected by the people can turn around and dictate to them how he wants them to behave.”
Nnamdi Kanu added that the group would never resort to violence in its quest for a sovereign state of Biafra.
“There is no need for people to be afraid of the internal operations of the IPOB. We will never ever resort to armed violence or armed conflict of any sort,” he said.
“I will not do anything that will bring dishonor or shame to our people and if I do it, IPOB will never be violent, we will never be armed.”
What do you think? Should the Biafra issue be handled with diplomacy? So that the Federal Government will have a discussion with IPOB and know how to resolve all this, or let the issue linger on?