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What Type Of Dialogue Can The Federal Government Have With The IPOB?

As it is known, the Independent People of Biafra (IPOB) is an Igbo freedom-fighters association that was created by the currently embattled Nnamdi Kanu in 2012. It is headquartered in Imo State which was the state of origin of the late Odumegwu Ojukwu. Ojukwu who was the first pioneer of the movements for the actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra which the IPOB members are also presently fighting to achieve.

Since the coming of the IPOB, its members have been dogged in their agitations for self-determnation which the group was originally formed by Kanu to achieve. In addition, their activities get more intensified with the passage of time. However, the level they have attained in recent times has left everyone with many things to ponder about them.

Day-by-day, different news media are filled with the different acts of atrocities they always reportedly commit. And such crimes are always so dastardly that they seldom do not either consume human lives, or inflict grave physical and mental injuries on their victims who surprisingly are supposed to be their fellow South-Easterners. Also, they gleefully destroy both government and private individual property. And in a nutshell, like both the Boko Haram/ISWAP Terrorists in the North-East and the Bandits in the North-West, they too no longer have a single iota of respect for the government, be it state or federal. As a result of this unfortunate situation of things, the once perhaps the most peaceful part of NigerIa can now easily pass as the most volatile. Yet, the unfortunate nature of things in the region gets worse with each passing day.

As an opinionated solution to extinguish the glowing ember of insecurity, many people within and outside the country have been advocating that the federal government (FG) should dialogue with the leadership of the IPOB members who want two things. And their two requirements are that Nnamdi Kanu should be unconditionally set free from detention, as well as the South-West should be granted political freedom from the rest of NigerIa.

But in the first instance, Kanu has been charged for treason against Nigeria, armed struggle, instigation of public unrests among others. Secondly President Mohammadu Buhari and many other well-meaning NigerIans have relentlessly declared that the country is non-negotiable.

Based on the foregoing, if the FG is really to go into any dialogue with the IPOB, as it many have been suggesting, on what grounds will it be? Since Kanu is said to be facing trials for the charges for charges of threatening the integrity of NigerIa, what type of dialogue can the FG establish with the IPOB that would satisfy them? The destructions of lives and property in the South-East are simply unacceptable! And the concentration of the so-called unknown gunmen on assassinating the iconic Igbo indigens is even worse.

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Federal IPOB Imo State Independent People of Biafra Ojukwu


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