Family

IPOB Fights Back As Buhari Blames Group For Oil Pipeline Vandalism

President says the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) is responsible for oil pipeline vandalism in some parts of the country.

IPOB Fights Back As Buhari Blames Group For Oil Pipeline Vandalism

Buhari, who stated this in an interview with Bloomberg, said although his regime last year began moves to remove fuel subsidy, it discovered that the moves were not tenable.

IPOB Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, in an interview with The PUNCH, dismissed the President’s allegation that the group was vandalising pipelines, describing the claim as laughable.

Founded in 2012 by Nnamdi Kanu, IPOB has been agitating for the restoration of the Republic of Biafra. Kanu, a Nigerian political activist is a fierce critic of the Nigerian government and also known for his advocacy of the contemporary Biafran independence movement.

On June 29, 2021, the Nigerian government announced that Kanu had been rearrested. He was subsequently charged to court again and remanded in the custody of the department of state services.

In the interview with Bloomberg, Buhari lamented that criminality was hindering oil production, adding that the country had stepped up its efforts in combating oil theft and vandalism.

He stated, “Criminality and terrorism in oil-producing regions hamper production, and it would help if our western allies designated IPOB as a terrorist group, given their complicity in damage to pipelines and infrastructure.”

He said government efforts in combating oil theft were succeeding

“These efforts are making an impact: wells that had to be closed due to criminality have now re-opened. With these efforts, OPEC has raised our quota for next month.

“We have invested in our security forces, including the $1 billion military deal with the U.S. for the acquisition of A-29 Super Tucano aircraft.

“These efforts are making an impact: wells that had to be closed due to criminality have now re-opened. With these efforts, OPEC has raised our quota for next month.”

Responding to Buhari’s allegation, IPOB spokesman, Powerful, stated that it was “funny” and “laughable.”

He said the group’s only interest was the actualisation of the “Biafra freedom struggle” and nothing else.

He stated IPOB’s leadership was studying Buhari’s comments and would respond to him appropriately.

OduNews on Google News

Submit press release, news tips to us: [email protected] | Follow us @ODUNewsNG 

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. Accept Read More