As a measure to curtail the continuous agitation for the Sovereign State of Biafra, President Muhammadu Buhari is reportedly making plans to set up a presidential committee to look into the activities of the pro-Biafra groups in the country, especially the Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), and the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
According to The Sun, Top military and presidency sources who revealed the plans said a retired Army General from the South-East was being considered to chair the committee whose members will be made up of mostly retired military, police and other security personnel. Their mandate would be to fashion out strategies to address the security challenge posed by the groups.
The decision to set up the presidential committee was reached a few weeks ago after a meeting which was called by President Muhammadu Buhari and attended by former President Olusegun Obasanjo, top government functionaries and other stakeholders.
Although the Senior Special Assistant to the President, Garba Shehu, denied knowledge of any such plans by the government, sources revealed that names of eminent South-East indigenes, particularly those with military and security background, were penned down to serve in the committee. The decision to limit membership of the committee to retired military, police and other security agencies’ personnel was to draw from their wealth of experience.
“The government is worried by the breach in security the activities of MASSOB and IPOB cause each time they embark on a protest. It is believed that as soon as the committee is set up, the incessant crisis would be a thing of the past because the committee would be able to advise government appropriately. It is really giving the government a nightmare, especially with the security challenges currently facing the country.”
It was however, not clear if the committee would facilitate the release of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of IPOB and founder of Radio Biafra, who is facing treason charges.