Chief Damian Okeke-Ogene, the Anambra State President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has urged the Federal Government to take off the terrorist tag placed on the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, noting that IPOB is a peaceful group that does not threaten the lives and properties of citizens.
Okeke-Ogene, while addressing reporters in Awka, the Anambra State capital, asked the security operatives to turn their focus more in the NorthEast and put an end to the killings and kidnappings going on there by those who hate the unity of Nigeria.
According to Chief, Okeke-Ogene who is aspiring for the position of National Vice President of Onanaeze Ndigbo in an election coming up on January 2021, “it is unfortunate and unacceptable the declaration of IPOB as a terrorist organization, while other agitating groups, especially in the northern part of Nigeria that specialize in kidnapping and killing of innocent Nigerians on daily basis are moving freely without trial and prosecution.”
He said it was unfortunate that a group that does not carry arms could be labeled a terrorist and wondered why the federal government has refused to prosecute the Fulani herdsmen, bandits, and other dangerous groups responsible for the kidnapping and killings going on in the northern part of Nigeria.
He said: “Have you ever heard that IPOB kidnapped or killed anybody unjustly? Why should the government go to court within 24hrs after a misunderstanding between Operation Python Dance II of the Nigerian Army and IPOB without a proper investigation and declared the group a terrorist organization, while those with intention of tarnishing the image of the country before the international community are operating freely in the society without any government action?
“The Federal Government was totally wrong in declaring IPOB a terrorist organisation.”
The Anambra State Chapter President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo described IPOB as a group of young men of Igbo extraction that do assemble when the need arises to deliberate on issues affecting their welfare and the region as enshrined in Nigeria Constitution.
“I think that what we should do as one people is for us to continue to pray and work together to ensure that the current security challenges tormenting the country come to an end and not to tag a particular group in a region that happens to be the safest region in Nigeria, as terrorist organization,” Okeke-Ogene said.
However, while commending the effort of the Katsina State Governor, Aminu Bello Masari, and the security agencies on the safe rescue of the abducted school children of Government Science School, Kankara, he urged the security agencies and other authorities to also checkmate the activities of Niger Republic and Lake Chad immigrants.
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