President Buhari stated this in a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, on Sunday in Abuja, NAN reports.
According to him, IPOB are not freedom fighters but thieves who are committing acts of terrorism by attacking police stations and property to steal money.
”Then, further afield in the South-East, IPOB are not struggling for freedom when they attack police stations and property, but rather committing acts of terrorism in order to steal money.
“IPOB is not defending Christians, as their highly paid foreign lobbyists claim, when almost every citizen of those states they terrorize is uniformly Christian.
“’Yet mistakenly and because the lobbyists for IPOB have duped them, some misguided foreign media and politicians believe so.
“As for Nigerians, what we need is to come together. And we must do this firstly and for the most part by our own hands, by casting asunder those who seek to divide us for their own nefarious financial and political gain.
KanyiDaily recalls that Buhari had claimed that his administration is treating AK-47-wielding bandits worse than IPOB whom he proscribed and declared as a terrorist group.