Why UN must endorse proscription of IPOB – Former Senate President


A former Senate President of Nigeria, Ameh Ebute, has called on the United Nations to endorse the proscription of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) as a terrorist group.

Ebute in a letter to the UN secretary general Antonio Guterres said when the Nigerian nation seems to be resting from its fight against insurgency, the IPOB has awakened Nigeria to unpleasant drums of war.

He said the group have since its emergence have perfected plots to unleash heinous atrocities on the Nigerian nation.

He said investigations by security authorities in Nigeria have profiled the IPOB led by Nnamdi Kanu as a budding terrorist organization with their activities confined to the south east.

He noted that the IPOB operates in the guise that the group and its members are agitating for the actualization of a Biafra republic while it is clear that the group is opposed to conventional tools for the campaigns for succession.

Ebute said members of the IPOB have also being engaged in acts that bears the bold imprints of terrorism.

He said: “We are concerned at the exposure of traits of terrorism in IPOB as revealed by an intensive, painstakingsecurity investigation and analysis of the activities of IPOB’s Leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and his band of followers.

“The conclusions have been sourced and established from its relentlessly violent siege on Nigeria and promotion of hate campaigns as well as physical enforcement of compliance with illegal sit-at-home order through its militant wings,”Ebute said.

He further called on the UN security Council to invoke suitable laws to intervene in the plot by the group to drag Nigeria into crisis.

He said: “The UN is pleaded to immediately commence the process of investigating the activities of IPOB’s leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and membersof the organization which have radiated in flames of a terrorists sect. It has led to its tagging as a terrorists organization by Nigeria and UN is prodded to act in order to identity and do the needful to these pregnable threats to Nigeria and trans-regional security in Africa.

The UN is implored to further initiate actions that would save Nigeria from this pending catastrophe arranged by IPOB in order to safeguard international peace and security. Our experiences indicate that some terrorists groups tormenting Nigeria today have confessed to been foreign-backed and funded. It underscores the need to give more attention to IPOB’s fierce aggression on Nigeria.

Ebute added:”Please, accept our profound appreciation as we anxiously await an immediate response to this plea for intervention to halt the imminent disruption of peace and the obvious plunging of Nigeria into avertable crisis.”

We earlier reported that the current Senate President, Bukola Saraki,announced that Nigerian Army declaration ofIPOB as a terrorist group is unconstitutional.

Saraki also said the proscription of the group by south east governors is against the law.

While calling for peace in Nigeria, the Senate President further said the National Assembly will investigate the crisis between the Nigerian Army and members of the IPOB in some states in the south east.


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