IPOB not terrorist group—Ohanaeze youths

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FILE - In this May 28, 2017 file photo, Uboha Damia, a 75-year -old Biafra veteran, holds a Biafra flag as members of the Biafran separatist movement gathered during an event in Umuahia, Nigeria. Nigeria's military on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017 named the Indigenous People of Biafra a terrorist organization, targeting a movement that 50 years ago tried to create a state for the Igbo people. (AP Photo/Lekan Oyekanmi, File)

UMUAHIA—OHANAEZE Ndigbo Youth Council, OYC, has rejected the ruling of the Abuja High Court, affirming the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, as a terrorist group, insisting that IPOB is not and has never been a terrorist group.

IPOB members on solidarity march OYC President General, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro said:“We have recently checked the list of world’s terrorist groups and we are happy to note that IPOB was not listed among them.

“We frown at the continuous pronouncements of IPOB as a terrorist group while the Fulani herdsmen are at rampage, killing Nigerians and yet, they have not been declared a terrorist group.

This is very wrong and the height of double standard. “Although we support the unity of Nigeria, the question remains, has the Federal Government addressed those fundamental issues that brought IPOB into existence?

Has the Federal Government genuinely set up South East Development Commission to bring remedies to Igbos.

“We call on the Federal Government to grant state pardon to IPOB members in detention the way President Buhari granted pardon to 500 Boko Haram detainees in Kano as a way to assuage the ill-treatment meted on Ndigbo since 2015.”

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Godwin Okafor is a financial journalist, Internet Social Entrepreneur and the Founder Naija247news Media Ltd He has over 16 experiences in journalism, which cuts across traditional and digital media. He started his journalism career in Business Day, Where he was a senior editorial graphic artist, before he left to start Naija247news, An Online Financial Newspaper in 2010. He has won series of awards and he is the chairman of Emmerich Resources Limited, the publisher of Naija247news.com and also sits on the board of Students In Business Awards, (SIBA).

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