Former governor of old Kaduna State, Alhaji Balarabe Musa, has blamed the Federal Government for allegedly allowing the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to grow into a “deadly monster” before taking action to curb its excesses.
Musa, who spoke to Sunday Telegraph in an exclusive interview, said that the government failed to take decisive actions early enough, hence IPOB and other groups with secessionist tendencies grew wild and have become threats to the unity and peace of the country.
The former governor, who justified the deployment of troops to the South East as part of the Operation Python Dance II, said, “The military operation was necessary to keep law and order. Every government has that responsibility but the Federal Government should be very careful about the way it proceeds with the ongoing military operation. I don’t think that the Federal Government should do more than what is justifiable and what the secessionist group deserves.
“One of the mistakes the Federal Government made was that it should have dealt with IPOB right from the beginning. The law is there to deal with IPOB sufficiently even before the Northern Youth Coalition issued its ultimatum. They should have dealt with both groups decisively because ninety -five per cent of Nigerians condemned the ultimatum issued by the Northern Youths to the Igbos to quit the North. Ninety five per cent of Nigerians from both the North and the South condemned them and even some governors and traditional rulers from the North called for their arrest. The Federal Government did not arrest them but we’re dilly-dallying with them just as they were dilly-dallying with IPOB.”
New Telegraph, September 17, 2017
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