Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has described the call by the President, Major General Muhammad Buhari (retd.), for western countries to designate the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra as a terrorist organisation as unfortunate.
In a statement signed by its spokesperson, Dr Alex Ogbonnia, the apex Igbo socio-cultural organization, reminded the president that it was his actions and inactions that fueled the agitation for a separate state by members of IPOB and others in the South-East, adding that IPOB was a product of injustice.
President Buhari had, in an interview granted to Bloomberg, urged “the international allies to take additional steps to proscribe the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra as a terrorist organisation.”
He was quoted to have “pleaded with Nigeria’s international partners, especially the United States and the United Kingdom to block the group from the international financial network.”
The statement read in part, “It is most expedient to enlighten the general public that what IPOB is asking for is the parting words of a Nigerian Titan: the Maitama Sule imperatives to President Buhari when he led the Northern Leaders Forum to congratulate him shortly after his victory in the 2015 general election.”