IPOB not a terrorist organization, Ohanaeze tells DHQ



From Gideon Arinze and Odigbo Chidinma, Enugu

The apex Igbo social-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Saturday faulted the declaration of the Indegenous People of Biafra (IPOB), as a terrorist organization by the Defence Headquarters.


This was contained in a communique issued at the end of an emergency meeting of Imeobi Ohanaeze, the policy making body of the organization which held at Nike Lake Resort, Enugu.


Reading the communique at the end of the meeting, the President General of Ohanaeze, Chief. Nnia Nwodo said that there are processes under extant national and international laws, especially the Terrorism Prevention Act 2011, as amended in 2015 to determine whether a group is or not a terrorist organization.


He described as regrettable the decision of the Nigerian Army to commence Operation Python Dance in the South East at this point in time.


According to him, it is the sole responsibility of the Police in every democracy to maintain law and order and protection of lives and property of citizens.


He described as deplorable the unfortunate loss of lives during the Armed Forces intervention while calling for an immediate termination of all military exercise in the South East.


“Imeobi notes with great concern that the continued policy of marginalization of South East Nigeria is the basic cause of the renewed agitation by pro- Biafra groups” he said.


He noted that a united Nigeria under a restructured Federal system of government that guarantees justice, equity and fairness is the best system for this country.


The apex body also commended the efforts made by Governors of the South East and South East National Assembly caucus to douse the tension In the zone even as they urged them to continue in their efforts untill normalcy is restored.


Those in attendance at the meeting were: Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekeremadu, the President General, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief. Nnia Nwodo, Abia State Governor, Okozie Ikpeazu, Imo State Deputy Governor, Prince Eze Madumere, former Governor of Anambra State, Dr.Chukwuemeka Ezeife, former Deputy Governor of Ebonyi State, Prof. Chigozie Ogbu, former Secretary General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Dr. Joe Nworgu among other dignitaries.
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