President Muhammadu Buhari has been directed to exclude the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) from Nigeria’s list of terrorist organizations.
Youths from Nigeria’s south-east region issued the call.
In 2017, IPOB was designated as a secessionist party for advocating for Biafra’s independence as a sovereign state.
However, at an emergency meeting of South East youth stakeholders in Awka yesterday, the youths said that there was a need to restore peace in the area, and that one of the measures toward peace would be the deproscription of IPOB and the release of some of its members who were imprisoned.
After the emergency meeting in Awka, Comrade Chukwuma Okpalaezeukwu of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth read the group’s communique to journalists on behalf of other organisations, including the National Youth Council of Nigeria (South-East), the Nigerian Youth Congress (South-East), and the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS).
It stated, “Having considered the state of the Nation, the increasing state of insecurity, the overall development of the Igbo nation, it is hereby resolved as follows: The heightened insecurity in the South-East which has resulted in the loss of lives of our people, security agents and properties is highly regretted and we deeply commiserate with the families of the bereaved.
“We, therefore, call on the South-East Governors to synergize and liaise with the relevant stakeholders especially the youth to arrest the current security challenges in the South East.
“We condemn in totality the wanton destruction of lives and properties in the South-East and call on the perpetrators of these criminal act to desist from such forthwith and seek for a proper means of airing their grievances.
“As a step towards genuine peace and reconciliation as championed by Ohaneze Ndigbo, the Federal Government and South-East Governors should as a matter of urgency unproscribe IPOB (Indigenous People of Biafra) as a terrorist organization. Furthermore, we call for the release of all political prisoners of Igbo extraction.”
The group called on the South-east governors to encourage community policing by strengthening and digitalizing the local vigilantes.
It also aligned with the resolution of the southern governors and call for necessary legal framework for immediate implementation of the resolution.
The group added that, “There is need for quarterly interface between the Governors of the South-East and the Youth stakeholders so that the issues of the zone will be regularly reviewed.
“We call on the South-East Governors to fully implement the recommendations of the ENDSARS panel report especially on Youth Development, and to review the Laws of their various State Security Council Committee to include critical youth stakeholders, while urging for full implementation, support and fund for community policing committee which was constituted last year.