Northern leaders profiting from banditry – IPOB
By Praise Necherem
The Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) has accused northern political and religious leaders of profiting from the escalating violent crimes in the region.
The pro-Biafra organisation said banditry had evolved as a gold mine for certain northern leaders, to the extent that bandits were operating in cahoots with some government officials to steal public funds in the name of ransom.
The group, in a statement, issued through its media and publicity secretary, Emma Powerful, insisted that banditry and kidnapping would remain a lucrative business in Nigeria as long as government and self-acclaimed religious clerics kept negotiating with them.
“We the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, IPOB, have observed with utter bewilderment that banditry has become a gold mine for some northern leaders. It’s now another oil well for greedy, unpatriotic and evil-minded beings masquerading as leaders. They are feeding fat with blood money. Bandits are now working together with some government officials to steal public funds in the name of ransom.
“Banditry and kidnapping will remain a lucrative business in Nigeria for as long as government and self-acclaimed religious clerics keep negotiating with them. Anyone advocating amnesty for murderous vampires like Fulani bandits is their grandmaster?
“If Nigeria were to be a normal country where there is sanity and decency all those people championing for amnesty for the killer bandits would have been arrested and put on trial.
“The so-called shoot-on-sight order by President Muhammadu Buhari is only a paper tiger. It wasn’t meant for everybody. We know who they have in mind. It’s only the draft that will think that such order is meant for Fulani bandits and killer herdsmen carrying out the Fulani agenda.
“If a serving governor can boldly come out to defend the carrying of guns by Fulani herdsmen, how do you ever think any of them is going to be arrested when their kits and kin are the ones going to enforce the order?
“This nonsense banditry has continued to surge because Nigerians are not asking the right questions. Any day Nigerians get up and demand to know why they have a president who, rather, chooses to talk to them through a press statement by media aides or the presidency instead of talking to them live, there will be a change.
“Banditry will stop any day your leaders stop pampering bandits and start treating them as terrorists that they are. Banditry will stop any day the real bandits in places of authority are unmasked! Otherwise, what you see now will be a child’s play to what is to come.”