In Chatham House, London, Ohanaeze floors FG for de­claring IPOB as terrorist...

In Chatham House, London, Ohanaeze floors FG for de­claring IPOB as terrorist organ­ization

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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.