Lai Mohammed Wants International Partners To Proscribe IPOB



    The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has
    called on Nigeria’s international partners to designate the Indigenous
    People of Biafra (IPOB) a terrorist organisation.

    Accirding to a statement signed by his SA, Segun Adeyemi, the Minister made the call in his article, entitled ”Thwarting Terrorism in Nigeria”, which appeared in the US newspaper ‘Washington Times’ on Thursday, 12th Oct. 2017

    He argues that IPOB’s actions qualify the group as a terrorist
    organization in most jurisdictions.

    On 20th Sept 2017, the Federal Government of Nigeria proscribed IPOB,
    which has been violently agitating for a separate state in the

    “The terror lays bare their opportunism. They masquerade as a
    separatist movement, yet they endanger the very people they claim to
    represent. In reality, IPOB cares about IPOB and nothing more,” Alhaji
    Mohammed said.

    Using the words of IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu, such as “If they fail to
    give us Biafra, Somalia will look like a paradise compared to what
    will happen to that ‘zoo’ (Nigeria).” “I don’t want peaceful
    actualisation (of Biafra)”; “We need guns and we need bullets”; “If
    they don’t (give us Biafra), they will die,” the Minister exposes IPOB
    as a terrorist organization like ETA in Spain, the Tamil Tigers was in
    Sri Lanka, and the PKK is in Turkey (all of whom are proscribed by the
    U.S. State Department).

    He makes clear that this administration will not make the same mistake
    as the previous in allowing terrorists to capture land.

    “The government reiterates its appeal to its international partners to
    proscribe the organization, and in doing so, starve it of the funds
    which gives it sustenance. Nigeria has just defeated one preventable
    terrorist insurgency. This one must not be given the chance to get a
    foothold,” the Minister writes.


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