- Nnamdi Kanu said over 70 million members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) have been tagged terrorists by the federal government and its agencies
- Kanu made the claim in a statement signed by the deputy leader of the IPOB, Uche Mefor, on his behalf
- He said the proscription of the IPOB is an assault on their human dignity, rights and complete but gradual annihilation of their very existence
The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has decried the tagging of the group and its members as terrorists.
Kanu in a recent statement said over 70 million members of the IPOB have been tagged terrorists by the federal government and its agencies.
In the statement signed by its deputy leader, Uche Mefor, for Kanu, the group said the proscription of the IPOB is an assault on their human dignity, rights and complete but gradual annihilation of their very existence.
Mefor said: "This is an act and conduct so heinous, barbaric and atrocious which run counter to and pose direct threat to the very aims and objectives for which of the United Nations organisation was established.
"Terrorism is an infrequently used criminal terminology so heavy and complex a global phenomenon that the rogue Nigerian state has now employed as a false alibi to continue to commit mass murder and other atrocities which engage the heinous crimes of crime against humanity and genocide prohibited in international human rights and criminal legal orders.
"The ongoing genocide being carried out against the Indigenous People of Biafra by the Nigerian state controlled by the bloodthirsty, cruel Northern Hausa-Fulanis cannot be overlooked by the responsible members of the international community," Mefor said.
Citing the two-time invasion of the residence of the IPOB leader by the military, Mefor, further called on the United Nations and the international community to come to their group's aid.
He said: "This heinous crime committed against unarmed civilians is so disproportionate in that it was carried out unprovoked. This genocidal orrgy of violence was carried out with the intent to cause mass murder, to assassinate Nnamdi Kanu and wipe out his entire family."
"While this wickedness and hatred against the Biafran people last, IPOB remains non-violent and unarmed no matter the amount of provocation. IPOB is a group of Biafran citizens of professionals and ordinary people not only located in the land of Biafra but also in Nigerian territory and all over the world."
Mefor also noted that the IPOB is legal organization which operates under the law.
He said the IPOB was also established in line with United Nations General Assembly Declaration on the rights of Indigenous People 2007.
"The African Union adopted it and subsequently all African Union member states including Nigeria. The antics of the Nigerian establishment stands illegal and should be condemned by all.
Accordingly, all IPOB family units in different countries are by this directed to embark on massive, co-ordinated petitioning exercise targeting governments of their host countries of residence and take other legal actions as may be deemed appropriate.
You are also directed to petition all embassies of governments around the world in your countries of residence. More importantly, all heads of Nigerian embassy missions in your countries of residence must be taken legal actions against across board," Mefor stated.
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NAIJ.com earlier reported that the special adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on prosecution Okoi Obono-Obla said the European Union, the United States of America and the international community have no right to meddle in Nigeria's affair.
Obono-Obla also insisted that the IPOB remains a terrorist organization as declared by the federal government.
He presidential aide added that the court order proscribing IPOB was necessary.
You can watch this NAIJ.com video of Nnamdi Kanu's lawyers speaking on army's invasion of Kanu's residence: