The Oasis Reporters
August 26, 2019
While former deputy Senate President, Prof. Ike Ekweremadu is still trying to assume courage over anger owing to his rattling experience of the attack and humiliation he received from the Igbo irredentist movement, IPOB in Germany by claiming to have forgiven the Nnamdi Kanu led group, Presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, had in a statement said President Muhammadu Buhari will leave the country for Japan ( yesterday Sunday August 25th) in order to join other world leaders at the Seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development ,TICAD7, holding in the City of Yokohama.
This comes at a time that some South East Nigerian politicians are said to be making frantic efforts to cancel their proposed foreign trips due to the widely reported threat made by Nnamdi Kanu, that the leaders would face severe embarrassment should they step foot abroad, where millions of ethnic Igbos reside in as economic migrants and investors. Many of such youths pay allegiance to Nnamdi Kanu.
The leader of the proscribed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, disclosed that he has ordered members of his group in Japan to attack, disgrace and arrest the President Muhammadu Buhari, who is neither Igbo, nor sympathetic to the cause of the group. According to Kanu, President Buhari must be arrested and handed over to the Japanese authorities to explain his role in the alleged mass murder and crimes against humanity, which he allegedly committed in Nigeria between 2015 and 2019. IPOB had exactly eight days earlier, attacked the former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu in Germany.
Kanu later said the attack was a polite warning to the south-east governors and Igbo leaders not to venture out of the country. He equally placed N1m bounty and vowed to reward anyone with useful information on travel itineraries of South-East governors and other Igbo leaders.
‘So if you are working in any Government House in the Southeast and you know which city in the world the governor is going to be, inform us so that we will mobilize for him and you will be rewarded with N1m’ he was quoted to have said by orientmags.
However, President Muhammadu Buhari was joined by Governor Abdulrazaq Abdulrahman of Kwara state and his Lagos and Borno states counterparts as he departed the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja for Japan.
During Buhari’s first tenure, 2015-2019, he was more often than not, seen in foreign countries than in Nigeria, prompting some Nigerians to gather in front of the Country’s High Commission in London, demonstrating over the president’s long stay on foreign medical tourism while Nigeria’s healthcare system remained in neglect.
It is expected that the Japanese government would build a proper security cordon around the Nigerian leader such that the IPOB threat would remain what it is, a mere threat as they would be prevented from coming close to President Buhari.
President Muhammadu Buhari , Kwara, Borno and Lagos state governors, pictured inside the Presidential jet as they departed the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja for Japan, on Sunday.