Dambazzau: IPOB, OPC inciting ethnic conflict in Nigeria
Former Minister of Interior, Lieutenant General Abdulrahamah Dambazau (retd.) has warned the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and Odua People’s Congress (OPC) against pushing Nigeria into an ethnic war.
General Dambazzau, a former Chief of Army Staff, made the remarks while delivering a lecture to participants of course 5, 2021, Army War College Nigeria.
He warned that the two groups are sponsoring new wave of extremism that could plunge the country into a devastating ethnic conflict.
Amongst other things, Dambazzau said:
“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 to realise their dream for a divided Nigeria.
“We see parallels between BH, a religious extreme group and the IPOB and OPC, both ethnic extremist groups. All the three groups operate on the platform of extremism.”
Meanwhile, IPOB has denied involvement in the recent attacks against security agencies and agents which saw the death of field agents in Imo and Anambra States.