President Muhamamdu Buhari, has said that Nnamdi Kanu is provoking the Military to embark on massive killings, for the purpose of using it to bring down his government.
He said: “There is a deliberate sinister agenda by IPOB, to provoke the Soldiers into killing innocent people in retaliation, so that Nnamdi Kanu would use the pictures of the victims for international propaganda, by accusing the government of ethnic cleansing against the Igbos, with the sole purpose of gaining sympathy.”
He also condemned the former Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili, for questioning the rationale behind the deployment of the Military troop to the South-East.
Buhari made this known through his Media Aide, Garba Shehu, who wondered why Ezekwesilii was “timidly silent” over the “lawlessness” of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, but found the voice to condemn the activities of the Army in Abia State.
This came in reaction to Ezekwesili’s warning to Buhari, not to alienate the entire Igbo race through the on-going Operation Python Dance II in the region.
He said: “While it is convenient for the Civil Society Activist to condemn the Military and the government of President Buhari, Mrs Ezekwesili did not find it appropriate, even once, to criticise the dangerous and violent propaganda being propagated by the IPOB Leader, Nnamdi Kanu. Oby, as they call her, tweets on everything. Why was she silent on this one?”
Shehu wondered why Ezekwesili “retreated to the background or lost her voice while IPOB supporters were violently molesting, attacking, and jeopardising the lives of indigenes and non-indigenes.
“Her hypocritical and timid silence, while Kanu’s IPOB supporters were engaged in lawlessness and recklessness in violation of his bail conditions, is a burden on her credibility as a national crusader, who should be courageous to condemn criminality.
“This art of using a raincoat while taking a bath is nothing short of self-deceit.
“Seeking to make political capital out of a chaotic situation is highly unbecoming of her, and of the reputation she has worked hard to build over the years.”
While condemning reported “indefensible and reckless” attack on Soldiers and Policemen by IPOB members, Shehu urged Ezekwesili not to “elevate mobs to the status of rock stars, for the sake of playing to the gallery”