Third Republic Senate President, elder statesman and a member of the National Caucus and Board of Trustees (BoT) of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) Senator Ameh Ebute, says “the fear of other parts of Nigeria is that if you have someone from the South-East as President and he is overwhelmed, he is likely to support the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB)”.
The Truth reports that Ebute made this disclosure in a recent interview with Vanguard. He expressed dismay, saying “I don’t know why the majority of the leaders of the South East cannot call the IPOB to order”.
“The activities of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, is another matter to think about. I don’t know why the majority of the leaders of the South East cannot call the IPOB to order. The fear of other parts of the country (in respect of parties zoning the 2023 presidency) is that if you have someone from the East as President and he is overwhelmed, he is likely to support the secessionist movement. So they don’t have confidence in an Igbo man as president now, maybe in the next dispensation. The problem is that the activities of the IPOB have held the entire South-East to ransom. They don’t allow anything to work in the South-East.”
He added: “The modus operandi of the IPOB members is completely different. There is sit-at-home order on Mondays, the no activity order and the confrontation with the armed forces. It is the same with Boko Haram and other insurgents but when we discussed among ourselves, the fear of them is the problem.”