Barely a few months ago, it seemed as if the country would break up, as agitations and calls for the establishment of separate republics within Nigeria, led by Sunday Igboho and Nnamdi Kanu, individuals from the South-West and South-East respectively, dominated news space.
It got to a point that President Muhammadu Buhari had to publicly react to the activities of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in the South-East. At that time, IPOB’s violent activities led to the death of many security operatives, and the destruction of many government properties in the region.
The President took to social media to announce that, indeed, enough was enough and that agitators in the country would be treated in the language they understand. The President also stressed on the importance of Nigeria’s unity and indivisibility.
Barely a few weeks after the President made the announcement, security agencies sprung into action. First, through collaborations with foreign operatives, IPOB’s leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu was arrested abroad and extradited to Nigeria. Before his arrest, Kanu resided in Europe for four years, after jumping bail in Nigeria circa 2017. From his hideout abroad, he masterminded many of IPOB’s violent attacks that were launched against security agents in Nigeria.
In another move against secessionists in the South-West, DSS operatives raided the Soka home of Sunday Igboho and retrieved several weapons that they said he was stockpiling, to be used in causing trouble in Nigeria. The DSS also accused Sunday Igboho of attacking customs officers at Idi Iroko, Ogun State. The DSS declared Igboho wanted after he escaped during the raid.
Sunday Igboho was finally arrested last Monday through the help of Benin Republic officials who nabbed him while he was reportedly trying to flee to Germany.
Has President Muhammadu Buhari Fulfilled His Promise Of Treating Agitators In The Language They Understand?
Indeed, based on recent activities within and outside Nigeria, it can be safely inferred that the President did not mince words when he said agitators would be treated in the language they understand. The activities of secessionists have been reduced significantly in the South-West, while the South-East has experienced relative peace since Nnamdi Kanu was arrested.
Also, it is no coincidence that Nnamdi Kanu was arrested barely some weeks after the President made the statement. Previously, Kanu had successfully evaded arrest and repatriation after he jumped bail and fled the country in 2017. Indeed, the President’s statement may have instilled a new zeal in security operatives, who are now focused on putting a stop to agitations in the country.
What are your personal thoughts and opinions on the latest happenings in Nigeria? Do you think the President’s statement may have played a key role in putting a stop to agitations in the country?