Former President Olusegun Obasanjo while speaking with Newsweek in London, United Kingdom, advised President Muhammadu Buhari to meet with Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
According to him, Buhari must meet with Kanu before violence between the army and the separatists escalates into a full-blown conflict.
“I don’t see anything wrong in that (Buhari meeting with Kanu). I would not object to that; if anything, I would encourage it,” he said
“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.” He added
The former president further stated that the Nigerian Army’s “heavy boot” approach to the situation of Biafra secession is not the solution and also noted that the secession craved by IPOB is not the way forward.
“We need to satisfy the youth in job creation, in wealth creation, in giving them a better, fulfilled life, in giving them hope for the future,” says Obasanjo.
“There’s no easy way out.
“Those who fought in the war in Biafra will not want to fight any other war,” he says.
“I have fought one war too many in Nigeria; I don’t want to see another.” He added