By Levinus Nwabughiogu
President Muhammadu Buhari has stated the Nigeria would not tolerate the state of Biafra.
The President spoke against the backdrop of the renewed agitation for the actuation of the republic of Biafra.
Speaking to Aljazeera television during his last visit to Qatar, president Buhari recalled that over two million lives were lost during the Nigeria civil war between 1967 to 1970 on the demand of a Biafran state.
He said “At least two millions Nigerians were killed in the Biafra war. And for somebody to wake up may be they weren’t born. Looking for Biafra after two millions people were killed, they are joking with the security and Nigeria won’t tolerate Biafra.”
Also speaking on the state of Nigerian economy and the pressure to devalue the Naira, President Buhari stated that Nigeria was prepared to go against the advice on International Monetary Fund, IMF in that regard.
He maintained that the devaluation of the Naira would not pay Nigeria, saying the country was purely an import nation.
He also stated their despite the plummeting crude oil prices in the international market, it would pay Nigeria to remain in the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, OPEC.
“If it is against our national interest, why can’t we go against the IMF advice?” Buhari asks.
“We were unable to diversify our economy, hence we are much more disadvantaged by the lower oil prices. Nigeria will make the necessary sacrifice to remain in OPEC”, he said.
Asked to comment on the anti-terrorism war, the president heaved a sigh of relief that no local government area of Nigeria was under the control of the Boko Haram insurgents as was the case when he assumed office in May 2015.