Afenifere Criticises President Buhari For Calling IPOB a Dot in a Circle During Live Interview
One of the highest socio-cultural organisation in the South West, known as Afenifere, has criticised President Muhammadu Buhari for his recent comments against the Igbo nation and Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, as he called them ‘a dot in the circle’ during his interview with Arise TV on Thursday, June 10.
Afenifere noted that ”the President takes delight in ridiculing the Ndigbo which he used IPOB to represent.”
“IPOB is just like a dot in a circle. Even if they want to exit, they will have no access to anywhere.
“And the way they are spread all over the country, having businesses and property, I don’t think IPOB knows what they are talking about.
“In any case, we say we’ll talk to them in the language that they understand. We’ll organise the police and the military to pursue them.” the president had said.
President Buhari’s statement, according to analysts, showed clearly that the President does not understand that Igbo Ethnic bloc is different from the secessionist group known as the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.
A statement signed by its Secretary General, Chief Sola Ebiseni in Akure, Afenifere noted that to Buhari, “the Igbo and their territory is just a dot in a circle of the map of Nigeria, which even if they secede could exit to nowhere since the elders and youths of the South-South had assured him of not being part of the secessionist agenda.
“He couldn’t have been reacting to the IPOB but the Igbos whom he said had businesses everywhere.
“His utterances were very unpresidential and in the mode of common expressions with some unidentifiable northern organisations.”