17 September 2017
By Justice Nwafor and Chidiebere Ejike
The Apex Igbo social cultural organisation, Ohaneze Ndigbo, has faulted the tag of terrorist group given to the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, IPOB, by the Nigerian Military.
Ohanaeze made this known in a communique after an Imeobi meeting in Enugu on Saturday night.
Reading the communique, the President General of the organisation, Chief Nnia Nwodo, flanked by other Igbo leaders said that indeed IPOB is not a terrorist organization going by extant national and international laws, especially the terrorist prevention Act 2011, as amended in 2015.
He commended the South-East Governors for their role in dousing the escalated tension over army’s siege on the region, while condemning the military operation in the zone and urged the army to terminate the exercise.
The group promised it will hold a special summit soonest in support of the restructuring agenda and supported all the resolutions of the southern leaders’ forum.
It also emphasized concern on the continued policy of marginalization of South-East zone, it saw the basic cause of renewed agitation by Pro-Biafra groups.
Those who attended the meeting included: President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo, Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, Imo State Deputy Governor, Eze Madumere and Ebonyi State Deputy Governor, Kelechi Igwe.
Others are former President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Prof. Joe Irukwu, former Secretary General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Dr. Joe Nworgu, former Minister for Information, Walter Ofonagoro, former Deputy Governor of Ebonyi State, Prof. Chigozie Ogbu, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, Dr. Greg Ibe and former Governor of Anambra State Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife.