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Akeredolu Justifies Buhari’s Silence On Ipob During Un Address



Ondo state Governor OluwaRotimi Akeredolu, SAN has justified President Muhammadu Buhari’s silence on the agitation by the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, IPOB in his address at the ongoing United Nations General Assembly, saying he did not want to escalate the crisis to the world body.

Akeredolu, who is part of the president’s delegation to the annual event, told State House correspondents in New York that IPOB was a local issue that could be contained by local means.

“IPOB agitation is not something you escalate to the level of the United Nations for now. It’s something that you can contain. It is something that you can contain within what I will call our territorial jurisdiction,” he said.

“Why escalate it to the United Nations? That means, it’s like us wanting to bring what…I mean, they (United Nations) know of it. It’s not that they don’t know of it, but it’s not an issue for now and it will never be an issue in Nigeria for me as a person,” he said.

The governor, however, said Buhari highlighted other problems facing Nigeria such as the Boko Haram insurgency, corruption and repatriation of stolen assets.

Akeredolu praised Buhari’s speech especially on the call for the setting up of a UN delegation to interface with the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, over the escalating nuclear crisis between his country and the United States.

“I did listen to the address and it was a wonderful speech, not too long, not too short either. It was just enough to cover the subject matter.

“The highlight of Mr. President’s speech for me was his reference to the United Nations to set up a committee or a delegation to meet with the North Korean president and to find a solution to this threat of nuclear proliferation.
“That was a wonderful thing and I think that was the highlight of it.

“But Mr. President’s speech had quite a lot of pluses and when again he said we should not forget old crises and now jump trying to find solutions to new ones and made a reference to what we have had over the years; resolutions on Israel and Palestinians, that if we leave all those ones and keep jumping to other ones, you will never get a solution. So, those are very important points, highlights in his speech,” he said.

Source: Orange FM

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