The Federal Government has warned the International Community against interfering in Nigeria ‘s internal problem.
This warning follows the ongoing battle
by the government to flush out the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB)
from the South East.
Senior Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Prosecution, Barrister Okoi Obono-Obla gave the order on Saturday when he spoke to DAILY POST on telephone.
He said that other countries including Iraq have their problems and it was their governments that dealt with them.
“International Community cannot
interfere with our internal affairs, every country has the right to
control its internal affairs. In Iraq there is a problem there, the
government is dealing with it, in Syria, the government is dealing with
their problem and in the United States, there are problems which the US
government is dealing with, so they cannot tell us how to deal with our
own internal affairs,” Obla said.
He further said, “There is nothing like
international community, it is a propaganda. If anything happens in
Nigeria, the whole West African community will be destabilised. If the
South East desire peace, they will have peace, the people should come
out and condemn in totality what these miscreants called IPOB are doing,
they should excommunicate them, we don’t need it.”
On the invasion of military in Aba,
Obono-Obla said “The Military did not invade Aba, I disagree with you,
and the President has the constitutional power to deploy the military to
anywhere there is security reports of possible break down of law and
“The military’s job is to protect the
territorial integrity of Nigeria and also to ensure that there is no
internal break down of law and order. These people have been threatening
and declared Cross River, Kogi, Benue, Rivers, Balyelsa, Akwa Ibom,
Abia, Imo, and Anambra states as so called Republic of Biafra.”
“And they have been recruiting Biafra
National Guards, recruiting Biafra security service and the President of
the Country who has taken oath of office, who has swore by the
constitution to defend the constitution, to defend Nigeria’s territorial
integrity cannot fold his arms, so why do you call it an invasion, it
is not, so if the military moves to Cross River to maintain law and
order you call that an invasion, it is not please.”
“The action of IPOB is condemnable, it
is stupid. For instance, I am from Cross River state; how can they
declare Cross River state as part of the republic of Biafra without the
consent of the people of the state, how can they declare Akwa Ibom as
Biafra State,Delta, Edo, Kogi, Benue, as Biafra states, how can they
declare any part of Nigeria as Biafra state? It is impossible and
provocative,” he said.
The Special Adviser noted that, “They
went ahead to form security forces, Biafra security forces, Biafra
National Guard which is unconstitutional. The only approved security
forces in Nigeria is the Nigerian Army, Nigerian Navy, Nigerian Air
Force, Nigerian Police, DSS, Civil Defence, you cannot form a militia
group and say it’s your army, it is wrong, no nation can tolerate that.”
He said that the President has been very
calm over this provocative act by IPOB , saying he has been very
patient in the past two years. ”They have been blocking roads,
collecting taxes, extorting money from people, flying Biafran flag all
over the place, I mean these are all provocative act.
“They have been burning houses, burning
police stations, attacking innocent Nigerians living in the South South
and South East, these acts are tantamount to declaring war on the
Federal Government. International community cannot interfere with our
internal affairs, every country has the right to control its internal
affairs,” he stressed.