America’s position on IPOB very unfortunate – Lai Mohammed

The Federal Government has described as unfortunate the stance of the United States of America on the declaration of the Indigenous People of Biafra as a terrorist group.

Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed said this on Wednesday night in London when he featured on BBC Television programme, “Focus on Africa”.

What happened:

  • The Federal High Court had declared IPOB a terrorist group.
  • But the United States in response had said it does not see the group as a terrorist organisation.

What he said:

“It is very unfortunate, if countries decide to pick and choose which organisations are terrorists and which are not, bearing in mind that terrorism has no boundary.

“I think what we should do is that every country should work together to ensure that terrorism does not thrive,” he said.

Speaking on why the Government labelled IPOB a terrorist group, the Minister said, “the acts and utterances of IPOB were acts and utterances of terrorists”.

“For instance, Nnamdi Kanu, the IPOB leader was caught on tape, saying that they want Biafra and not peacefully, but by force.

“He declared that if they do not get Biafra, Somalia will be a Paradise with the kind of mayhem they will unleash on Nigeria.

“The group openly embraced arms and ammunition and the leader set up Biafra National Guard, Biafra Secret Service and openly attacked army formations”.

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