The President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Dr. Nnia Nwodo, has described the terrorist tag on the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) as unfair and discriminatory.
He asserted that the restructuring of Nigeria is ripe now than ever before because all indicators point to it.
Nwodo, who delivered a lecture at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House, London on Wednesday, said in answer to a question from the chairman of the occasion and the Editor of African Business Magazine, Mr. Lanre Akinola, on the imperatives of the restructuring now, saying “never in the history of Nigeria has there been unanimity for the reshaping of the country as it is now.”
He said that the entire Southern Nigeria and parts of the Middle Belt zone in the North are unanimous on the restructuring of the country.
Nwodo warned that the disenchantment in the country over the existing structure is such that it will be gloomy if the desires of majority of Nigerians are not met or continue to be deliberately ignored.
The Ohanaeze boss berated the Federal Government for declaring IPOB as terrorist organisation when its activities do not merit such status, adding that the same government overlooked the activities of more dangerous militant groups such as Fulani herdsmen whom they merely branded criminals.
“The declaration of IPOB as a terrorist organisation is in my view hurried, unfair, and not in conformity with the intendment of the law.
Whereas I am not completely in agreement with some of the methods of IPOB like it’s inappropriate and divisive broadcast, the uncontested evidence given by the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) in an interlocutory action claiming that IPOB attempted and/or actually snatched guns from law enforcement agents are, if proven, merely criminal offences.
“They do not constitute enough evidence to meet international law definitions of a terrorist organisation. Happily, the United States Embassy in Nigeria only three days ago shared this conclusion and asserted that the American government does not recognise IPOB as a terrorist organisation.