The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, has said the Defence Headquarters did not declare the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) a terrorist organisation.
Buratai said this on Monday evening while speaking at the official launch of Operation Python Dance II in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State.
The Chief of Army Staff said it is true that the DHQ made a pronouncement on IPOB, but that the military statement gave room for the right steps to be taken on the matter.
He said the military did not overstep its bounds in the efforts to protect lives and properties in the country.
“You have to get it very clear. First of all, what the DHQ did was to make pronouncement. It wasn’t a declaration per se. But this has given room for the right step to be taken. I think the government is doing the right thing,” Buratai said. The
“It is not that we are overstepping our bounds. We are still within the limits. I assure you that what the military said was to set the ball rolling and bring the awareness to the public that this is what this organisation is all about. I’m happy that the government has done the right.
Buratai assured the people of the Southeast that the army would abide by the rule of law and rules of engagement in carrying out the Exercise Egwu Eke II which kicked off on Saturday in the region.