The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, has openly ordered his group in Japan to assault and embarrass the President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, during his political visit.
The Presidency has, however, made light of the threats, with the Media Aide to the President, Femi Adesina, saying; "We’re in Japan for a serious business, we don’t have time for IPOB.”
Adesina further described the group as "a fringe, shadowy and long outlawed" one, noting that he had seen the video made by the group at the home of the Nigerian Ambassador to Tokyo but considered it a shameful act.
“In paroxysm of pain and frustration, they had shot a video at the home of the Nigerian Ambassador to Tokyo, threatening to ‘allest’ and ‘tly’ their own father, with Japanese police ‘coplating.’ Shameful and ridiculous for every right thinking Nigerian.
“To underscore the scant attention we paid to it all, not a word was said about the group when the President received briefings on activities for the day, early in the morning of Wednesday. It was time for serious business, I say again, and nobody had time for any distraction.
“There was a photo session that preceded the actual opening ceremony of TICAD 7. When we went to town with it, the Internet almost exploded. Some people had alleged that President Buhari was not in Japan, and those pictures showed them as not worthy of being believed. They were simply laughed to scorn,” Adesina said.
Contrary to the rumours that President Buhari had lied about going to Japan, new photos suggest otherwise.