IPOB, OPC same as Boko Haram – Dambazzau
Abdulrahman Dambazau, a former Chief of Army Staff, has compared the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) with Boko Haram.
Dambazzau, 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.
He said, “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.