The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, in his recent article entitled “Thwarting Terrorism in Nigeria”, pleaded with Nigeria’s International Partners to designate the Biafra secessionist group, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), a terrorist organization.
His article appeared in US Newspaper, Washington Times, on Thursday, 12 October, 2017.
According to Mr. Lai, the activities of IPOB qualify it as a terrorist group in most jurisdictions.
The Nigerian Government and the Nigerian Armed Forces had declared the group a terrorist organization following the clash between the troops of the Nigerian Army and the members of IPOB group.
“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,” Mr. Lai 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,” Mr. Lai 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 (As seen on Vanguard)).
The Minister said that the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration will make no mistake of allowing terrorist 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.