Chief Damian Okeke-Ogene, the Anambra state president of Ohaneze Ndigbo has asked Federal Government to remove the terrorist tag on Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB), saying that IPOB as a group is no threat to lives and prosperity in the region.
Damian made the statement in Anambra when he was addressing the press concerning the security outfit unveiled by Mazi Nnamdi Kanu the IPOB leader.
He said security operatives should focus more on Northern Nigeria to end the unnecessary killings by the real enemy of Nigeria’s unity.
Damian said it’s very bad and unacceptable for Federal Government to tag IPOB terrorist organization whereas other groups in the North that specialize in killing and kidnapping of innocent citizens go freely without trial or prosecution.
Recall that Damian Okeke-Ogene is seeking to be elected the position of national vice president of Ohaneze Ndigbo, in the group election, coming up on January 2021.
However, Damian said it is unfortunate that a group that does not carry arms could be labeled terrorist, wondering why the federal government has refused to prosecute the Fulani herdsmen, bandits and other dangerous groups responsible for the kidnapping and killings going on in the north.
In his words “Have you ever heard that IPOB kidnapped or killed anybody unjustly? Why should the government go to court within 24hrs after a misunderstanding between Operation Python Dance II of the Nigerian Army and IPOB without a proper investigation and declared the group a terrorist organization, while those with intention of tarnishing the image of the country before the international community are operating freely in the society without any government action?
“The Federal Government was totally wrong in declaring IPOB a terrorist organization.”
“IPOB is a group of young men of Igbo extraction that do assemble when the need arises to deliberate on issues affecting their welfare and the region as enshrined in Nigeria Constitution”.
“I think that what we should do as one people is for us to continue to pray and work together to ensure that the current security challenges tormenting the country come to an end and not to tag a particular group in a region that happens to be the safest region in Nigeria, as terrorist organization,” He stated.
Nwada Ugochinyere Onyechere reporting, Obinwannem News