The Nigerian Army yesterday declared the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) a terrorist organisation, calling on Nigerians not to join the group.
According to the Defence Headquarters, IPOB has not only formed a secret service and a national guard, but its members are also in possession of weapons, blocking public roads and are now extorting money from innocent civilians at illegal road blocks.
Giving an update on the activities of IPOB, the defence spokesman, Major Gen John Enenche, said the group which now poses a security challenge in the country has been metamorphosing from one stage to the other.
He said, “After due professional analysis and recent developments, it has become expedient to notify the general public that the claim by IPOB actors that the organization is non-violent is not true; hence, the need to bring to public awareness the true and current state of IPOB.
“In this regard, some of their actions, clandestinely and actively, that has been terrorising the general public among others include the formation of a Biafra Secret Service, claim formation of Biafra National Guard, unauthorised blocking of public access roads, extortion of money from innocent civilians at illegal road blocks, militant possession and use of weapons (stones, molotov cocktails, machetes and broken bottles among others) on a military patrol on 10 September 2017”.
Meanwhile, governors of the South East geopolitical zone yesterday proscribed all the activities of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
They called on all other aggrieved groups to articulate their position on all national issues and submit to the committee of governors, Ohanaeze Ndigbo and the National Assembly members from the South East Zone, through the chairman of the South Governors Forum.
Chairman of the South East Governors Forum and Governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi, disclosed this while briefing journalists on the outcome of their one day meeting with the leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo and members of the National Assembly from the zone.
He stated that all the governors of South East zone are mandated to ensure compliance in their respective states, adding that that they also reinforced their desire for the restructuring of Nigeria and that all national issues be discussed and amicably settled to achieve justice and fairness to every Nigerian.
Also in a related development, governors of the 19 Northern states have assured Igbos and those from other tribes residing in the North of their safety in the face of clashes between members of IPOB and Soldiers in Abia State, which has endangered some Northerners living in parts of the south.
Commending them for remaining for being nonviolent, the governors called on residents across the 19 Northern states to permanently sustain the peace, saying no law abiding Nigerian deserves to be punished for the mere fact that he or she happens to be living or doing lawful economic and social activities in any part of the country.
The governors spoke through chairman of the Northern States Governors’ Forum, Kashim Shettima, who is also governor of Borno State.
a dialogue to address the state of the nation by Arewa Youths and Ohaneze Youth Forum has been scheduled to take place on the 23rd of September this year.
A youth group, Political Leadership Amongst Youth Network (PLAY), is organsing the forum which will also have in attendance Oodua Nationalist Coalition and the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC).
The dialogue is aimed at providing a platform for stakeholders to discuss the affairs of Nigeria and proffer solutions to challenges facing the country.Speaking yesterday in Abuja, the chief executive officer (CEO), PLAY Network, Mr. Charles Okpaleke said the event seeks to provide a platform that brings together the youth groups to discuss and debate the future of Nigeria.