As part of Buhari’s official visit to Kastina, he spoke at the palace of the Emir of Katsina, Alhaji Abdulmumini Kabiru Usman, citing the oil discovery and enjoying it as one reason why he aggressively opposes the agitation for the independence of Biafra. In his own words and according to the Nation report, Buhari said the following:
“I always say the civil war was fought for the unity of Nigeria because then we hadn’t even discovered oil let alone enjoying it. But two million people were killed.
“The way the Sahara is advancing, with Boko Haram, growing number of people and uncertainty over rainfall, in a land where we fought civil war leading to the death of about two million, for someone to just say he will chase us out? So where do we go?”