US Doesn’t See IPOB as Terrorist Group – US Govt

The United States Government has told the Nigerian government that it does not consider the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) as a terrorist organisation.
The Director of Information, Nigerian Army Defence Headquarters, Major General John Eneche, had declared the pro-Biafran group a terrorist organisation two weeks ago. This was followed by the South East Governors proscribing the organisation and its activities.
Just last week Federal High Court in Abuja gave a judicial backing to the executive order of President Muhammadu Buhari, outlawing the group and its activities in the country.
The court granted the order to proscribe the group on Wednesday.
It declared that the activities of the group constituted acts of terrorism
The Federal Government also accused France and the United Kingdom of aiding IPOB activities.
However, spokesman for the American Embassy in Nigeria, Russell Brooks, noted that the US government does not view IPOB as a terrorist group.
In a respond to the question if the United States sees IPOB as a terrorist organisation, Brooks stated that under the US laws, IPOB does not fall under terrorist organisation.
He further stated that the US was committed to Nigeria’s unity and would support a peaceful resolution of any crisis in the country.
He said: “The United States Government is strongly committed to Nigeria’s unity. Important political and economic issues affecting the Nigerian people, such as the allocation of resources, are worthwhile topics for respectful debate in a democracy.
“Within the context of unity, we encourage all Nigerians to support a de-escalation of tensions and peaceful resolution of grievances. The Indigenous People of Biafra is not a terrorist organisation under US law.”
The US Embassy, however, declined to comment on whether the Federal Government had asked it to treat IPOB as a terrorist organisation and to block money sent to IPOB from the US.
Brooks also did not state the US’ position on the agitation for a Biafran state.

Author: News Editor

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