President Muhammadu Buhari has disclosed that high-profile Nigerians, including a serving member of the national assembly have been identified as sponsors of leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, and Sunday Igboho, a Yoruba Nation advocate.
Buhari said this on Friday, October 1, in his nationwide broadcast to commemorate Nigeria’s 61st independence anniversary.
The President stated that the federal government is “vigorously pursuing these financiers”.
He explained that security agencies have made a lot of progress in addressing security challenges in the country.
He also stated that 8,000 Boko Haram members have so far surrendered to troops in the North-east.
On the effort to further strengthen security agencies, Buhari said the armed forces have recruited 17,000 personnel across all ranks, adding that he has also approved the recruitment of 10,000 police officers yearly for the next six years.
“In the last four months, the gallant men and women of the Military and Security Agencies have made tremendous progress in addressing these new security challenges. We are taking the fight to our enemies from all angles and we are winning”, he said.
“In the North East region alone, over eight thousand Boko Haram terrorists have surrendered.
“To support our surge approach to fighting banditry, the Nigerian Armed Forces have recruited over 17,000 personnel across all ranks. Furthermore, I have also approved for the Nigerian Police Force to recruit 10,000 police officers annually over the next six years.
“I am also pleased to note that most of the Air Force platforms we acquired over the past three years have started to arrive in Nigeria. These will positively impact our security operations in all parts of the country.
“Therefore, as a Government, we are ready to arrest and prosecute all persons inciting violence through words or action. Our resolve for a peaceful, united and one Nigeria remains resolute and unwavering.
“That said, our hope is not to fight for peace. We can always settle our grievances peacefully without spilling any blood.
“I will therefore take this opportunity, on this special day that symbolises the unity and oneness of our great nation, to ask all Nigerians to embrace peace and dialogue, whatever your grievances.
“The seeds of violence are planted in people’s heads through words. Reckless utterances of a few have led to losses of many innocent lives and destruction of properties.
“Nigeria is for all of us. Its unity is not negotiable. And its ultimate success can only be achieved if we all come together with a common goal of having peace and prosperity for our nation.
“We shall continue to work on dialogue based solutions to address legitimate grievances. But we remain ready to take decisive actions against secessionist agitators and their sponsors who threaten our national security.
“The recent arrests of Nnamdi Kanu and Sunday Adeyemo, and the ongoing investigations being conducted have revealed certain high-profile financiers behind these individuals. We are vigorously pursuing these financiers including one identified as a serving member of the national assembly”.
While berating the unnamed national assembly member, the President added:
“This is a clear example of how people abandon their national leadership positions for their selfish gains. Instead of preaching unity, they are funding and misleading our youth to conduct criminal acts that sometimes lead to unfortunate and unnecessary loss of lives and property.”