IPOB Biafra: US govt insists it is not a terrorist organisation

The US government has reported that it doesn’t consider IPOB a terrorist organisation. Nigerian authorities however share a different opinion and consider this association unsafe. This difference in opinions have caused some serious disputes, but which of them is? Today we will share the latest updates on IPOB to help shape your decision.

The opinion that the Indigenous People of Biafra is a peaceful organisation, is one shared by Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Biafran movement, and Donald Trump on behalf of the US government.

The United States authorities argue that the organization is moving for a calm and peaceful separation from Nigeria due to the conflicting situation of the country, and according to the provisions of the US law, their call for Biafra cannot be called a terroristic threat.

What gives us reasons to believe the contrary?

The Major General of the Niger Army, John Enenche, argues that the IPOB is a threat to the country, and his point is further buttressed by the bloody clash between Nigerian servicemen and IPOB representatives that took place in Abia state. Enenche claims that supporters of this organization attacked his men with stones, broken bottles, machetes and Molotov cocktails during the military patrol on September 10, 2017, and that is not the first time a case like that has been reported. Given all this, is it possible to consider the association's activities safe and peaceful?The activities of the IPOB have been banned in many south eastern states after the national army began to oppose the actions of this organization.In addition, the federal government claims that representatives of IPOB printed their own currency and tried to extort money from the citizens of Nigeria. All this led to a rigid categorization of the IPOB as a terrorist alliance.

Representatives of the IPOB are trying to establish their own independent territory in Nigeria, and are receiving foreign funds to support their malicious activities.Nigerians believe that the United Kingdom and France are guilty of the current situation because thanks to their financial support IPOB has reached a new level of lawlessness. Representatives of these states have however denied this allegation.

It is also worth recalling that no more than a day after the announcement of the IPOB as a terrorist organization, this claim was challenged by Dr. Saraki, the head of the 8th Senate. He called these accusations groundless and illogical. According to him, only the Nigerian national assembly can consolidate this fact for it to become generally accepted.

Here is a precise quote from Saraki on the matter: “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.”

Dr. Saraki

After Saraki’s comments, representatives of state authorities immediately transferred the case to Abuja court, and issued a ban on the activities of IPOB, tagging it a terrorist union.

Representatives of IPOB also appealed to the court, demanding a cancellation of the previously established order which, according to them, violates their right freedom of assembly and discussions rights as enshrined in the UN charter. In addition, it also affects other national and international rights registered in official treaties.

Despite these arguments, the Nigerian government continues to insist that IPOB is a terrorist organization, and President Muhammadu Buhari went ahead to sign a presidential decree banning their activities.

Russell Brooks, an employee of US Embassy in Nigeria, has said that the US does not consider the IPOB a terrorist union and hopes for the peaceful settlement of disputed issues in the country.

The US embassy did not say whether the Nigerian government appealed to them to tag the IPOB a terrorist organization and block the sources through which they get financial resources; also, the position of the US in relation to the agitation for Biafra republic remains entirely clear as they have not given any precise opinion on the matter. We hope the conflict gets settled peacefully.



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