Tag IPOB as Terrorist Organisation - FG urges International partners

The Federal Government of Nigeria spoke through the Information and Culture Minister, Alhaji Lai Mohammed in an article titled "The fight against terrorism in Nigeria", in this article, Nigerian government urged International partners to tag Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB as a terrorist organisation.

This article appeared in the Washington Times on Thursday, October 12, 2017.

He argued that IPOB’s actions describe the group as a terrorist organization in most jurisdictions, and they align their activities with those of the banned Boko Haram.

On September 20, 2017, the federal government declared IPOB illegal, which was charged with violent riots for an independent nation in the Southeast.

“They show that it is a secessionist movement, but they endanger the lives of the people they claim to represent.” In fact, IPOB is concerned about IPOB and nothing else, “Mohammed said.

The Minister recalled the statements made to IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu: “If they do not give us Biafra, Somalia would look like a paradise as to what will happen to this” zoo “(Nigeria); “I do not want a peaceful update (of Biafra), we need weapons and the bullets we need, unless you give us Biafra, they are going to die.”

Mohammed, therefore, IPOB describes as a terrorist organization like ETA in Spain, the Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka and the PKK in Turkey (all banned by the US State Department).

He said the government led by Muhammadu Buhari is not going to make the same mistake committed by government terrorists allowing earlier to capture parts of the country.

“The government reiterates its appeal to international partners to ban the organization, and hence the hunger funds that allow them to feed themselves.” Nigeria has overcome a (army) preventive revolt. writes the minister in his article.

Mohammed claimed that IPOB had access to cash flows from around the world to bolster it. However, it reminded the international community that the financing of terrorism remained illegal under international law.

He said: “Today, money flows from all over the world to swell the reserves of the arms of the body, however, the financing of terrorism is illegal under international law and only the correct classification of its team from our international partners to stop financing – and with it, the future of IPOB.

“The threat posed by the organization may be low and IPOB mandate in the small southeast support (the area called Biafra). All South Eastern Governors condemn collectively the secession of IPOB calls and local traditional and religious leaders weighed debate, reiterating that the absolute integrity of Nigeria is important".