IPOB has not done anything to Buhari in Japan – Presidency

Muhammadu Buhari

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) group has had nothing to do with President Muhammadu Buhari since he arrived Yokohama, Japan on Monday, the Presidency has said.

A statement on Monday by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, said there was no protest by the group as rumoured.


The statement said: “Nigerians at home and in the Diaspora are urged to disregard concocted stories, backed with spurious visuals, of any protest or harassment of the President and his team.

“It is the stock-in-trade of hate mongers, who do not realize that the rest of Nigerians have left them far behind.

“President Buhari will make his presence at the Seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD7) count for Nigeria, and no scare-mongering or sabre-rattling will detract from the outing.”


The fugitive leader of IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, had called on the group’s members in Japan to ‘disgrace’ and ‘arrest’ Buhari when he arrives in the country.