President Muhammadu Buhari has urged western allies to classify the Indigenous People of Biafra as a terrorist organization for their “involvement” in pipeline and other infrastructure sabotage.
In an interview with Bloomberg, a US-based media, Buhari said that vandalism and oil theft allegedly carried out by IPOB were to blame for Nigeria’s daily oil production limit being short.
“Criminality and terrorism in oil-producing regions hamper production, and it would help if our western allies designated IPOB as a terrorist group, given their complicity in damage to pipelines and infrastructure,” he said, while noting that the country had increased its efforts in combating oil theft and vandalism, among other things.
We urge those same international partners to take additional steps costing them nothing, by proscribing IPOB as a terrorist organisation.
Their leadership enjoys a haven in the West, broadcasting hate speech into Nigeria from London, spending millions lobbying members of the US Congress, and freely using international financial networks to arm agitators on the ground. This must stop.
Speaking on the efforts of the country on security, Buhari said;
We have invested in our security forces, including the $1 billion military deal with the US for the acquisition of A-29 Super Tucano aircraft.
These efforts are making an impact, wells that had to be closed due to criminality, have now re-opened. With these efforts, the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Country has raised our quota for next month.