Group Kicks As U.S Refuses To See IPOB As Terrorist Organisation
The Centre for Social Justice, Equity and Transparency (CESJET) has expressed worry over refusal by the United States to recognize the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) as a terrorist organisation.
The U.S, it would be recalled, told Sunday PUNCH that IPOB cannot be categorised as a terrorist group under its laws.
But CESJET, while calling on the United States to respect Nigerian laws, equally asked the U.S to respect the country’s sovereignty.
The group said this in a statement on Sunday by its executive secretary, Comrade Isaac Ikpa.
The statement reads, “The US Embassy must note that Nigeria has every right to prevent known threats from growing same way the US placed travel ban on nationals of eight countries of the world to keep terrorists out of its territories despite the global outcry and international criticisms that did nothing to reverse the action.
“CESJET therefore condemns the US Mission’s decision not to acknowledge that IPOB is a terror group. As opposed to rushing to make such distracting comment, the proper thing was to have undertaken an appreciation of the threats posed by IPOB to peace within the West Africa sub region.
“The US Embassy in Nigeria must therefore look beyond its text book approach to what is a credible terrorists’ risk to Nigeria to work towards including IPOB in the database of US terrorist organizations. It must be noted that time is running out to do this since IPOB members have steady access to the US and it is a matter of time before they begin to export the evils they commit in Nigeria to that country.”