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Opinion: US Government’s Advice To Nigeria On How To Tackle The IPOB Group Is Commendable

As the Nigerian government under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari continues to show resilience in the fight against terrorism, the United States Government has announced its commitment to assist Nigeria in fights against bandits.

(Joh Finer. Photo credit: Daily Trust.)

According to the Daily Trust, the US message came from US Principal Deputy National Security Advisor Jon Finer at a press conference on Monday in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

Finer says, "We'll provide technical assistance for justice programming, much of which is dedicated to helping Nigeria get a turnaround at this time of banditry challenges, and we will continue to provide programs."

On the controversial transaction and the US fears of how Super Tucano fighter jets will be used, he said: “I think we’ve made clear our expectations on how the firefighters are going to be used in the right way.”

(Mixed photo of Buhari and secessionists group. Photo credit: Photo Blender.)

The Outlawed Group of Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB), led by Nnamdi Kanu, is one of the groups that has been a challenge to President Buhari's government for trying to exit from Nigeria, which has become a threat to the people of the country. Therefore, Jon Finer explained that tackling the group with force is not the solution; knowing the root cause of the group is the first step to tackling the organization’s activities.

The US advice to Nigeria on how to tackle the IPOB group should be commendable because tackling the IPOB by using force will not be a solution considering the goal of the IPOB is not the same as bandits.

(Biafra soldiers in 1990s. Photo credit: Wikipedia.)

Furthermore, if the Nigerian government takes advantage of the US proposal, it will help to address the IPOB quickly and without any challenge, because considering 1967 to 1970, the lack of such US advice on secessionists was the main reason that caused the group to regenerate during this time.

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