IPOB: No attack on Buhari in Japan – Presidency


The presidency has asked Nigerians to disregard stories of a planned protest or harassment of President Muhammadu Buhari and his team in Japan, where he is currently visiting.

A statement by a presidential spokesperson, Femi Adesina, noted that the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) group ”has had nothing to do with President Buhari since he arrived Yokohama, Japan, on Monday”.

President Buhari travelled out of Abuja on Sunday for a trip to Japan.

He is in the country to participate in the Seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD7), holding in Yokohama from August 28 to 30.

The statement is in response to a directive by Nnamdi Kanu, the self-exiled leader of a separatist group, IPOB, to members of the group in Japan to ‘attack’ President Buhari upon his arrival to the country.

Kanu had told the group’s members to abduct the president and hand him over to the Japanese authorities for his supposed human rights violation between 2015 and 2019.

But the presidency has dismissed reports of any such attacks or protests as fake news.

Aneta Felix

Aneta Felix is a seasoned broadcast journalist and versatile content producer with an interest in reporting on human and gender rights, insecurity, corruption, and development among others. She has over five years of progressive experience, working across online, radio, and TV platforms, reporting the Boko Haram insurgency in Adamawa state, covering elections across the country and interviewing CEOs of multi-million dollar companies. Aneta is also the producer and presenter of the business documentary program, Startups, on TV360 Nigeria. She is a graduate of International Studies and Diplomacy from the University of Benin and is based in Lagos Nigeria.

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