IPOB Vs Army: Dialogue With Kanu Before It's Too Late - Obasanjo
There is apprehension in some parts of Nigeria's South-East and South-South regions.
There have been reported cases of clashes between people suspected to be supporters of the Indigenous People of Biafra and security operatives deployed to enforce Operation Python Dance.
In an interview with Newsweek London, Obasanjo advised Buhari to meet with the self-acclaimed leader of IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu before the situation degenerates further.
His words: “I don’t see anything wrong in that [Buhari meeting with Kanu]. I would not object to that; if anything, I would encourage it.”
“I would want to meet Kanu myself and talk to people like him, people of his age, [and ask:] ‘What are your worries?’ Not only from the southeast but from all parts of Nigeria,” Obasanjo said.
Obasanjo, a senior Nigerian commander during the Biafran war, stressed that Nigeria must avoid allowing the current tensions to escalate into another conflict, adding that: “Those who fought in the war in Biafra will not want to fight any other war.
“I have fought one war too many in Nigeria; I don’t want to see another”, the former president, who was also military head of state in Nigeria from 1976–1979 said.