According to reports we gathered from Sahara Reporters, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra IPOB and Director of Radio Biafra, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, has named an Igbo man identified as Simon Ekpa, to take over from him in Radio Biafra.
Simon Ekpa, Nnamdi Kanu's successor on Radio Biafra [Photo credit: Golden News ng]
I think that as much as this development may be a thing of joy for the Indigenous People of Biafra and its apologists, it is, however, a source of worry for the Nigerian authorities who have put in tremendous efforts to curb the activities of the secessionist group (IPOB) over the years.
Photo credit: BBC
Bearing this in mind, one thing that President Muhammadu Buhari should consider doing is to change his approach in dealing with the secessionist group. I believe that even though the federal government of Nigeria has achieved a level of success in clamping down on the activities of IPOB for some time now through the efforts of the gallant Nigerian security operatives, more success can be achieved if he(Buhari) engages the Indigenous People of Biafra in a dialogue.
President Buhari [Photo credit: Nigerian Bulletin]
This is because, in situations like this, history has shown that long-term success can not be achieved unless through meaningful dialogue, negotiation, and understanding.
The truth is that while Mazi Nnamdi Kanu may have been arrested by the federal government of Nigeria, the ideology of a Biafran nation is still alive in the mind of many people who identify with the agitation. Therefore, arresting Mazi Nnamdi Kanu or any other man who will emerge as the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra may calm the agitations for a while, but it may not serve the long-term goal of ultimately bringing to an end, the agitations or the ideology.
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