– A civil society organisation, Stand Up for Peace Movement, calls on the US government to respect Nigerian laws
– The group says the world power should refrain from meddling with Nigeria’s ability to check the threats posed by IPOB
– It says Nigerian laws are in the interest of Nigerians
A civil society organisation, Stand Up for Peace Movement, has criticised the United States of America over its comments on the proscription of the activities of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) by the federal government.
The group called on the US government to respect Nigerian laws regarding the proscription of IPOB.
Comrade Richard Augustine, the national coordinator of the group said it was surprising that the US embassy was here in Nigeria all the time IPOB and its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, were spreading hate speeches and did not deem it fit to urge restraint.
“We know the US Outpost was monitoring the situation and would add the sin of habitual lies to it’s long list of transgressions if it claims otherwise,” said Augustine.
“The Embassy was there when Kanu and IPoB bragged about possessing nuclear weapons that could decimate a third of Nigeria and it looked the other way even though we all know the same country would froth in the mouth each time North Korea and nuclear weapon occur in the same sentence.”
The the movement said if the US fails to respect Nigerian institutions authority to acknowledge IPOB as a terrorist organisation, the nation should at the very least refrain from meddling with Nigeria’s ability to check the threats posed by the group.
“There is still room for the United States to stand on the right side of history by either declaring its neutrality or accepting that IPoB is what Nigerian laws say it is, a terror organization that must be immediately dismantled. The United States will do well to stay out what it is not competent to interfere with.”
Augustine urged the US to respect Nigerian laws, adding that the laws are in the interest of Nigerians
Meanwhile, Lai Mohammed who is the minister of information and culture has expressed disappointment that the United States does not agree that the IPOB is a terrorist organisation.
In an interview on BBC Focus Africa on Wednesday, September 27, the minister said the utterances and acts of IPOB showed they were terrorists.
He said the federal government does not agree with the US stance that the separatist.
When asked about what he thought concerning the position of the US that IPOB was not a terrorist group, Mohammed described it as unfortunate.