The United States Government has stated its position in the recent proscription and declaration of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) as a terrorist organization.
The US noted that the Biafra secessionist group is not seen as a terror group.
The statement was issued by Russell Brooks, the spokesman for the American Embassy in Nigeria. According to him, under the US laws, IPOB cannot be seen as a terrorist organization.
“The United States Government is strongly committed to Nigeria’s unity. Important political and economic issues affecting the Nigerian people, such as the allocation of resources, are worthwhile topics for respectful debate in a democracy. He said
“Within the context of unity, we encourage all Nigerians to support a de-escalation of tensions and peaceful resolution of grievances. The Indigenous People of Biafra is not a terrorist organisation under US law.” He added
The Nigerian Armed Forces had declared IPOB as a terrorist organization in a statement issued by the Defence Headquarter following the clash between the group with the Nigerian Army.
The statement was issued by Maj. Gen. John Enenche, the Director of Defence Information.
Also, a Federal High Court in Abuja last week had declared that IPOB was a terrorist organization.
Last week, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture, had accused the British Government of frustrating Nigeria’s effort to shutdown Radio Biafra, adding that IPOB’s financial headquarters is France.
An accusation the two governments vehemently denied, noting that it never had any discussions with the Nigerian Government over IPOB.
Nigeria’s Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, had also condemned the declaration of IPOB as terrorist organization by the Armed Forces of Nigeria, adding that the military has no power to do so.
“I also wish to state that the announcement of the proscription of the group known as Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) by Governors of the South-east states and the categorization of the group as a ‘terrorist organisation’ by the Nigerian military are unconstitutional and does not follow due process.
“Our laws make clear provisions for taking such actions and without the due process being followed, such declaration cannot have effect. I am sure the President will do the needful by initiating the right process.”