President Muhammadu Buhari is scheduled to arrive Enugu today, December 22, alongside former president Olusegun Obasanjo for an economic and security summit. However, rather than meeting a hearty welcome from residents of the state, Buhari’s planned visit has sparked off heavy protest.
The group in a statement signed by Barrister Emma Nmezu and Dr. Clifford Chukwuemeka Iroanya, spokespersons for the IPOB, said President Buhari must stay away from the south-east regions or else, he will be made to taste of the wine of the Biafrans’ wrath, for all the unjust treatment meted out to pro-Biafrans across the country.
The group also threatend to stage a protest in the state to show their displeasure at the president’s visit. IPOB had said:
“From the foregoing, it is crystal clear that Buhari is not welcome in Biafra land because his coming is tantamount to biting off our nose to spite our face.
“Therefore, we warn Muhammadu Buhari to stay away from Biafra land to avoid unpleasant consequences on him and those inviting him. To be forewarned is to be forearmed.
“We make it public that should there be a breakdown of law and order in Enugu on the 22nd of December, greedy Igbo politicians will have themselves to blame.”
The continued detention of Nnamdi Kanu, the director of Radio Biafra has fueled the agitation for Biafra although the president has insisted that Nigeria will not break-up.
Youths hoisting Biafra flags took to the streets in Enugu chanting Biafra songs and warning that the president should not set foot in the state.
See photos of the protest below: