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Ohanaeze Ndigbo tells federal government not to label Indigenous people of Biafra as terrorists

by Mustapha Olamide
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The apex Igbo socio-cultural organization Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has called on the federal government to unlabeled the Indigenous people of Biafra IPOB as a terrorist organization

Ohanaeze frowned that those killing innocent citizens of Nigeria are walking the streets free with none harassment or hindrance, and wondered why IPOB should be called terrorists.

The pro -Biafran group was in 2017, pronounced as a terrorist organization by the federal after a joint meeting with the Military and Southeast Governors and consequently, was proscribed

But the President of Ohanaeze in Anambra State, Chief Damian Okeke-Ogene, said the action by the govt was one-sided and will be reviewed

He said the govt of the day should encourage the safety agencies to concentrate more within the Northeast to finish the unwanted killings by those that said, ‘ hate the unity of Nigeria’.

He described as unfortunate and unacceptable, the position of the Nigeria government, declaring IPOB, as a terrorist group why other agitating groups, were moving freely within the society without trial and prosecution.

Okeke-Ogene, spoke during Ohanaeze’s Executive meeting at its Secretariat, in Awka, where he received support from the State exco to contest for any National Office, zone to Anambra State within the forthcoming Ohanaeze Ndigbo election slated for January,

He expressed worry about why the federal had refused to prosecute the Fulani herdsmen, Bandits and other inhuman groups liable for the kidnapping and killings that were happening within the northern a part of Nigeria.

Okeke-Ogene said, “have you ever had that IPOB kidnapped, killed anybody unjustly? why would the govt attend court within 24hrs after a misunderstanding between Operation Python Dance II of the Nigerian Army and IPOB without a correct investigation and declared the A terrorist organization?

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“And those with intention of tarnishing the image of the country before the International communities are moving freely within the society with none government action.”

He maintained that the federal was totally wrong in declaring IPOB a terrorist group .

He labeled IPOB as a gaggle of young men from Igbo extraction that do Assemble when the necessity arises to deliberate on issues affecting their welfare and therefore the region as enshrined in Nigeria Constitution.

“I think what we should always do together people, is for us to still pray and work together to make sure that the present security challenges tormenting the country come to an end and to not tag a specific group during a region that happens to be the safest region in Nigeria as a terrorist organization”

He, however, commended the trouble of the Katsina State Governor, Aminu Bello Masari and therefore the security agencies for rescueing the abducted school children of state Science School Kankara.

Ohanaeze’s boss urged the safety agencies and other authorities also, to checkmate the activities of the Niger Republic and Lake Chad immigrants.

He said what Ohanaeze Ndigbo, because the mouthpiece of the Igbo race, said that President Mohammadu Buhari, as a matter of unity and giving the people sense of belonging, should unlabeled IPOB as a terrorist group and pay more attention to the way to end what he described as ungodly attacks in Northern Nigeria.

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