By Jude Meribe
Nnamdi Kanu-led Indigenous People Biafra (IPOB) has asked the United States of American Government to deny sales of arms to Nigeria. IPOB leader allegedly wrote to President Joe Biden telling him that arms sold to the Nigerian Government were not used to fight the insurgents in the country but were instead used to kill Christians.
“President Buhari has made Nigeria the most dangerous country in the world for Christians, Jews and Nigeria’s indigenous peoples, particularly those of the former Republic of Biafra.
“Hundreds of thousands are routinely plundered, tortured or killed with impunity by Nigerian security forces controlled and populated by Buhari’s Fulani Islamic tribesmen, often in collaboration with Fulani herdsmen (Islamist terrorist group that has been internationally branded the 4th deadliest terrorist grouping in the world).
“The US Commission on International Religious Freedom has recommended listing Nigeria as a country of concern because of its religious oppressions. United States sales or transfers of weapons to Nigeria to fight Boko Haram are diverted to killing and terrorising Christians and Jews. The Nigerian Army, which leadership is Fulani and Islamist is complicit in these illicit transfers.
“President Buhari is promoting radical Islam in secular Nigeria. He has endorsed Sharia law in 12 northern Nigerian states. He has treated Boko Haram with kid gloves, releasing from detention hundreds arrested by the previous administration.” Kanu claimed, urging President Biden to consider that Christians were being killed in Nigeria with the arms.
Kanu who was reacting to an earlier request by Nigeria for assistance from the US President in tackling insecurity in the country, alleged that President Buhari recruited Boko Haram members into Nigerian Army and offered generous foreign scholarship to hundreds of them. ”He has appointed radical Muslims to head every security agency in Nigeria, including Sheik Isa Pantami whose profuse support for Al Qaeda and Taliban was widely published recently.
“Yet, Mr Buhari has refused to sack him from his sensitive position as Minister of Communication overseeing the biometric data of Nigerians. By defending Sheik Pantami, Mr Buhari is seemingly aligning with Mr Pantami’s terrorist sympathies.”
Kanu further said in the letter, “We state categorically that the national interests of the United States lie in protecting Christians and Jews in Nigeria, defeating radical Islam and preventing instability in West Africa which will altogether be enhanced by a US-led diplomatic pressure on the Nigerian government to – as a matter of urgency – agree to a UN-supervised referendum on Biafran Independence.”