Unproscribe Us Now, IPOB Tells FG


David-Chyddy Eleke in Awka

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has accused the federal government of being ignorant of the meaning of terrorists. The group said such could only account for why the federal government under President Muhammadu Buhari could treat both the Fulani herdsmen and the Boko Haram terrorists with kid gloves, despite the number of killings but rather chase after the IPOB.

In a press statement by the Awka district leader, Mr. Henry Anagbogu and made available to journalists in Awka, the group charged the federal government to immediately unproscribe her to let her conduct meetings of the members of the group, which have always been peaceful.

The group said, failure by the federal government to immediately lift the ban of her would see them defying the proscription to carry on their activities.

The statement read in part: “The latest and shocking as well is the labeling of the peaceful Indigenous People Of Biafra(IPOB), as terrorists, ignoring the real terrorists ranging from Boko Haram to the Fulani Herdsmen and the gruesome killings and attacks these hardened terrorists have conducted across the country.

“They call us terrorists when no life was lost in all of IPOBS’ peaceful processions and rallies. Rather this same government brought death on us, shooting at us on exactly September 14th 2017 and even up to date still kill and marginalize Ndi Igbo. We can’t be part of a country being governed by people who do not know the simple definition of terrorism.”

Onubogu challenged the federal government to immediately release its abducted leader, Nnamdi Kanu, saying that his continued detention will not deter the group or make their resolve actualise Biafra wane.

“They even abducted our leader, Nnamdi Kanu, in order to put IPOB in disarray. But we say they can’t because what we fight for is a just course which we know that the outside world are seeing. We are stronger and our flag is still flying and will continue to fly until we actualize our aim.

“The Nigerian government should fight the real terror that happen every day in the country, the Fulanis take our lands where we plant our crops to graze their cows and cattles. Meaning that in the so called Nigeria, cows and cattle’s lives are valued more than the lives of its citizens.

“The Federal Government must produce our leader Prince Nnamdi Kanu and our freedom must be granted, enough is enough. We will continue to observe our procession peacefully.”