Friday, September 29, 2017

You Ignore Groups Killing People & Come After IPOB, You Cannot Proscribe IPOB -Senator Who Stood As Surety For Kanu Challenges FG

Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe (PDP-Abia South), has chided the federal government for designating the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), as a terrorist group.

Abaribe was one of the individuals who stood as surety for bail for the leader of IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, who has since gone missing.

The senator insisted that the government was wrong to label IPOB as a terrorist movement, and stated that senators from the south-east would not agree with the decree.

Abaribe made his comments on an Aba radio programme on Thursday, September 28, New Telegraph reports.

He stated: “The South-East Senate Caucus disagree with the Nigerian government in saying that IPOB is a terrorist organisation.

"We feel it is too strong a gambit to use. We feel that you cannot kill a fly with a sledge-hammer.

"You cannot proscribe a group of people; you cannot leave glaring evidence of those who actually work against the unity of this country, those who are actually killing people, those who are actually taken up arms against this country and then you turn around and say that these people have a potential to do so, therefore you now go ahead to declare them a terrorist organization with the implications for this country that are very glaring.”

Meanwhile, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe was queried by his colleagues, mostly from the northern part of the country, for standing as surety for IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu.

The heated meeting reportedly took place when the Senate went into an executive session, minutes after resumption.

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