Former Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Abdul-Rahman Dambazau, has stated that the O’odua People’s Congress (OPC) and the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) are extremist groups.
Dambazau who spoke while delivering a lecture at the National Defence College in Abuja noted that OPC and IPOB were like Boko Haram.
According to Dambazau who served as Minister of Interior in President Muhammadu Buhari’s first term between 2015 – 2019, OPC and IPOB were sponsoring a new wave of extremism that could ignite ethnic conflict just to achieve their aims of dividing Nigeria.
The problem with the former Army Chief’s position is that Boko Haram are religious extremist group fighting for the Islamization of Nigeria, while OPC and IPOB are secessionist groups.
Speaking futher, Dambazau said that the police have critical role to play in quelling recent agitations across Nigeria, instead of leaving the situation all for the military.
“The two groups have been making efforts to ignite nationwide inter-ethnic conflicts through their violent attacks on northern residents or transacting businesses in the south as a quick way to realise their dream for a divided Nigeria.
“We see parallels between Boko Haram and the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) both ethnic extremist groups. All the three groups operate on the platform of extremism,” Dambazau said.
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