Wednesday, September 20, 2017

We’ve cut IPOB down to size – FG



The Federal Government says the secessionist group, Indigenous People of Biafra , has been cut down to size , adding that with its proscription by the South -East governors, the group is already running out of oxygen.

The Minister of Information and Culture , Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said this during a chat with State House Correspondents at the Presidential Villa, Abuja , on Wednesday .

Mohammed said IPOB had metamorphosed into a band of thugs and had perpetrated several acts of violence which no reasonable government in the world could condone .

He said , “ 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 . Where any group crosses the line by engaging in violence , it risks being cut to size and that’ s 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?”

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