A video has emerged showing the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi, faulting the decision of the Muhammadu Buhari-led government to proscribe the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
The former governorn of Anambra State , who slammed the government’s decision on 1 October 2017 when he appeared as a guest on Channels TV’s Politics Today also disagreed with the designation of IPOB as a terrorists’ organisation.
Obi, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2017, said then that the government was wrong to have proscribed the group.
He said: “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 live in Onitsha, and I can tell you they are not terrorists. They (IPOB members) are people I pass on the road every time, (and) every day.”
“I meet them and live with them. In fact, I usually see (IPOB) people gathering, and not one day has there been a threat or molestation or anything from them, even when they gather,” the LP presidential candidate added.
Naija News reports that the Nnamdi Kanu-led IPOB is a separatist group that is leading an agitation for an independent state of Biafra.
The group is calling for a referedum and wants Biafra carved out from the South-east and some parts of the South-south Nigeria.
The federal government had in 2017 proscribed the group and tagged it a terrorist organisation.
Many have accused IPOB of carrying out deadly attacks in the South-east.
The Nigerian government proscribed the group in 2017 and tagged it a terrorist organisation.
Naija News could not verify is Peter Obi still maintains that stand against the proscription of IPOB and its designation as a terrorist organisation.
"IPOB members are not terrorists." ~ Peter Obi pic.twitter.com/LkpOL72khV
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