style[amp-boilerplate] IPOB crisis is bigger than Boko Haram- Borno state governor, Kashim Shettima says
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IPOB crisis is bigger than Boko Haram- Borno state governor, Kashim Shettima says

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Borno state governor, Kashim Shettima, says the crisis created by

members of the Indigenous People of Biafra IPOB is bigger than the one

created by the internationally recognized terrorist group, Boko Haram.



According to the Nation, Governor Shettima said this when himself and

some Northern state governors paid the Imo state governor, Rochas

Okorocha a visit in Owerri, the state capital yesterday September

19th. The visit was to sue for peace following the recent clash

between the military and IPOB members that degenerated into the attack

of some Hausas and burning down of. ome mosques in the South East and

South South.



The governor in his speech, noted that the threats posed by the Nnamdi

Kanu-led secessionist IPOB to the nation's survival are far bigger

than those posed by Boko Haram.



According to him, the reality of the extent of the IPOB activities

forced him to leave the killings going on in his state behind to join

Governor Aminu Tambuwal(Sokoto) Simon Lalong(Platueau) Aminu Bello

Masari(Katsina) and Abubakar Atiku Bagudu(Kebbi), on visits to Abia,

Rivers and Imo,to seek a peaceful resolution to the crisis created by

the agitators.



"Only this morning, 25 people were killed in my state via explosions

carried out by three suicide bombers, but I have to be on this mission

because of what it means to the nation," he said.



He noted that the huge population of Nigeria makes it imperative to

avoid anything that could lead to war among its tribal groups,

wondering which country would have the capacity to accommodate

Nigerian refugees in the event of another civil war.



He said: "What we wanted to forestall actually was a mass movement of

Nigerians from one part of the country to another. It was a very

dangerous signal.



"We equally invite our brothers from the South East to visit some of

the northern flash points like Kaduna, Kano and Jos, and together we

can talk to our Igbo brothers and sisters there to assure them of the

safety of their lives and properties. Make or break, this country

belongs to all of us. The population of Syria is a paltry 22 million.



Only 2 million Syrian refugees are knocking on the doors of Europe and

it is causing reverberation. How then do you perceive a situation

where 35 million English-speaking Nigerians are knocking on the doors

of Europe?



That is why we have a moral obligation as stakeholders to make things

work in this country. We are all part of the leadership challenges we

are facing in this country, and none of us can exonerate him or

herself from blame. Like I said earlier in Aba, the hope of the black

man rests not with the hard-thinking South Africans or the obsequious

Kenyans who are struggling to be more white than the white men, but

with the people of this country. If you see an African walking on the

streets of London and would not leave the way obsequiously for the

white man to pass, you don't need a soothsayer to tell you that that

black man is a Nigerian. If we allow this country to implode, up is

the Sahara Desert, Niger is already a failed state.



The population of Niger is only 11 million while Kano has a population

of about 30 million. We can eat up the entire food reserve of Niger

Republic within a week. Down is the Atlantic Ocean and the tiny

countries of Benin Republic, Togo and Senegal. Maybe some of us will

migrate to Gambia. The entire food reserves of those tiny West African

countries can be exhausted within two weeks." he said
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