President Buhari declared IPOB a “terrorist group”, not the Military – Agbakoba

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Chief Olisa Agbakoba
Chief Olisa Agbakoba, (SAN)

Chief Olisa Agbakoba, (SAN), have reacted over the declaration of Nnamdi Kanu-led Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, as a militant terrorist group yesterday by the Defence Headquarters.

The declaration which has drawn mixed reactions from some prominent Nigerians and groups has caused a lot of confusion in the country, whereby people asked if truly the declaration is the right thing to do.

In his reaction, human rights lawyer, Agbakoba, said the statement by the Defence Headquarters branding IPOB as a militant terrorist organisation, was unfortunate.

According to him:  “It is not a helpful situation in the context of the problem going on in the country to brand IPOB as a terrorist organisation. Nigeria is not in civil war.

“Rather than do that, I would have thought that the best way to resolve the crisis was to create a framework of diplomatic response, irrespective of whether IPOB is doing the right or the wrong thing.

“I’m not even sure that the army is the one doing this declaration; it is more of something that lies on the table of the president. It is not in the place of the army, they have no right to make such .

“Army has made a political statement, and that is not its duty. Its duty is purely prescribed by the Armed Forces Act. You don’t set your house on fire because your son slapped you, you need to have framework of peace, stability and harmony to resolve whatever the crisis is, rightly or wrongly.

“Whether IPOB is wrong or right, to declare them a militant terrorist organisation, only helps to make them more determined to do whatever it is they want to do, whether what they do is right or wrong.

“I totally disagree and it is an unfortunate statement that the army made”.

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