Dambazzau describes IPOB, OPC as similar to Boko Haram
A one-time Chief of Army Staff in Nigeria, Abdulrahman Dambazau, has compared the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) with Boko Haram.
The former Army Chief, while speaking at the inauguration of Army War College Nigeria Course 5/2021 in Abuja on Friday said that those groups are like Boko Haram sect who don’t believe in the oneness of Nigeria.
According to him, both groups are exhibiting features similar to that of Boko Haram when the insurgent group started out in 2009.
According to him, “IPOB, OPC are all non-state actors with separatist agenda to carve out states out of Nigeria. They all don’t believe in the Nigerian project, its unity and peaceful co-existence just like Boko Haram.
“They are also beginning their projects by attacking security forces and those they consider their enemies.
“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.”
According to the former military chief, IPOB and OPC , Boko Haram as well as religious extreme groups operate on the platform of extremism.
“We see parallels between Boko Haram, a religious extreme group and the IPOB and OPC. All the three groups operate on the platform of extremism,” Danbazzau said.
Recall that following the prison break in Owerri on Easter Monday, Muhammed Adamu, the former Inspector-General of Police, IGP, accused members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB of being responsible and ordered police officers to go after them.