Friday, 15 September 2017

Meet with Nnamdi Kanu before the ongoing crisis gets out of hand, Obasanjo advises Buhari

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has advised President Muhammadu Buhari to meet with the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu before the ongoing crisis escalates into a full-blown conflict.

Speaking to Newsweek in London, Obasanjo who met with Niger Delta militant leaders in 2006 as President to stop attacks on oil installations, said that the heavy-handed tactics of Buhari's administration against pro-Biafra activists, have not succeeded, and a more conciliatory approach is needed.

Obasanjo said, “I don’t see anything wrong in that [Buhari meeting with Kanu]. I would not object to that; if anything, I would encourage it.”

“I would want to meet Kanu myself and talk to people like him, people of his age, [and ask:] ‘What are your worries?’ Not only from the Southeast but from all parts of Nigeria.”

“We need to satisfy the youth in job creation, in wealth creation, in giving them a better, fulfilled life, in giving them hope for the future. There’s no easy way out,” he said.

Obasanjo, a senior Nigerian commander during the Nigerian Civil War, says Nigeria must avoid allowing the current tensions to escalate into another conflict. “Those who fought in the war in Biafra will not want to fight any other war," he says. “I have fought one war too many in Nigeria; I don’t want to see another."

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