Biafra: Obi defends IPOB, says members not terrorists
By CHARLES ONYEKWERE, ABAKALIKI
Presidential candidate of Labour Party (LP), Mr Peter Obi has dismissed claims making the rounds that the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), is a terrorist organization, saying they are peace-loving people, not terrorists.
The federal government had earlier proscribed IPOB the organisation, following the agitation for the actualization of Biafra.
Despite the proscription, IPOB, and its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, had continued to push for the actualization of the Republic of Biafra.
But, the separatist group had denied the terrorist tag by the Nigerian government.
Obi backed the claim that members of the group are not terrorists.
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Speaking with a private Television station (Channels), the presidential candidate said IPOB members live around him do not constitute a threat to the country.
According to Obi: “The only thing I disagree with is naming IPOB terrorists; they are not terrorists. Those who took the decision may have information that I don’t have.
“I stay in Onitsha, and I can tell you that they are people I pass them on the road every day.
“I meet and live with them; in fact, I usually see people gathering, and I have never had the sense of threat or molestation from them, even when they gather.”
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