FG Calls On Its International Allies To Starve IPOB of Funds

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The minister for information and culture, Lai Mohammed, has reacted to the refusal of some worldwide partners of Nigeria to proscribe the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) group.

The minister, in an October 12, 2017 article in the United States newspaper "Washington Times" asked Nigeria's global partners to support the Federal Government to designate IPOB a terrorist group.

He recalled that the Federal Government on September 20, proscribed IPOB which had been violently agitating for a separate state in the South-East of the country.

All efforts by the government to convince the world to accept the terrorist tag of IPOB appears not to be working as the United States, United Kingdom as well as the European Union have all refused to accept that IPOB is a terrorist organisation. "In reality, IPOB cares about IPOB and nothing more".

"The terrors lay bare their opportunism".

"The government reiterates its appeal to its worldwide partners to proscribe the organization, and in doing so, starve it of the funds which gives it sustenance".

Mr. Mohammed argued in the piece that IPOB's actions qualify the group as a terrorist organization in most jurisdictions.

The minister listed some words of the IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu, such as "If they fail to give us Biafra, Somalia will look like a paradise compared to what will happen to that "zoo" (Nigeria)".

According to the minister, these statements credited to Kanu had exposed the group as a terrorist organisation.

Mohammed likened IPOB to ETA in Spain, the Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka, and the PKK in Turkey all of which he noted had been proscribed by the U.S. State Department.

He said the Buhari administration would not make the type of mistake made by the previous administration in allowing terrorists to capture land. "This one must not be given the chance to get a foothold", the Minister wrote.

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