President Muhammadu Buhari has revealed that the Ndigbo dominated Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, have crossed the lines and must be cut to size.
Buhari who stated this through his information Minister, Lai Mohammad, insisted that the Presidency does not care whether the Army was right to designate IPOB a terrorist group, despite not following the provisions of the Terrorism (Prevention) Act.
Lai Mohammed made this known while speaking during a chat with State House Correspondents after Wednesday’s Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting, at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa, Abuja.
“Let me state clearly that it is within the rights of individuals or groups to seek self-determination. But this pursuit has to be non-violent”, he said.
“Where any group crosses the redline by engaging in violence, it risks being cut to size, and that is exactly what has happened to IPOB.
“I am not interested in the semantics or legality of troop’s deployment, or the proscription of IPOB. All I know is that IPOB has engaged in terrorist activities, such as: setting up Parallel Military and Paramilitary organisations, clashing with the national Army, and attempting to seize rifles from Soldiers, using weapons such as machetes, molotov cocktails and sticks, and mounting roadblocks to extort money from people, among others.
“To those who have engaged in semantics or legality, I ask: which country in the world will tolerate those activities I have listed above? Which national Army will look the other way when it is being attacked by a band of thugs?”
Mohammed confirmed that President Muhammadu Buhari, before leaving for New York, did sign the document to kick-start the process that will culminate in the formal declaration of IPOB as a terrorist group, by the appropriate authority.
He explained that the Army took the steps it did, in order to ensure that things did not get out of hand in the South-East.