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President Muhammadu Buhari has alleged that the Indigenous People of Biafra, or IPOB, is stockpiling weapons throughout the country.
Buhari made the remarks through his media adviser, Garba Shehu.
He said that IPOB members killed security personnel and set fire to government facilities in the South East.
Buhari stated this in response to Amnesty International’s charges of human rights violations in the South East.
Shehu, in a statement issued on Wednesday, lamented that Amnesty International was defending IPOB which is a terrorist group.
It read in part: “Amnesty International’s latest salvo at Nigeria is but more of the same.
“Again, they have decided to side with terrorists, before the liberty of those they injure, displace and murder.
“Parroting the line of Nnamdi Kanu and IPOB, a proscribed terror organisation, they work to legitimise its cause to Western audiences.
“This puts them in bad company. IPOB murder Nigerian citizens. They kill police officers and military personnel and set government property on fire.
“Now, they have amassed a substantial stockpile of weapons and bombs across the country.
“Were this group in a western country, you would not expect to hear Amnesty’s full-throated defence of their actions.”