IPOB: Saraki, Buratai Disagree Over Terrorism Designation
The Senate President, Bukola Saraki and the Chief of Army Staff, Gen. Turkur Buratai have disagreed over the designation of the Indigenous People of Biafra as terrorist group.
Saraki had described the designation of IPOB as terrorist organization and by the Nigerian Army and its proscription by the southeast governors as unconstitutional and illegal.
The senate president said that none of the two decisions on IPOB had passed through due process as he called on President Muhammadu Buhari to do the necessary.
He noted that the outside world must see Nigeria as a country that follows due process in the discharge of its constitutional duty rather than impunity.
Reacting, Buratai said that the army was right to have pronounced IPOB as a terrorist group based on its activities in the southeast Nigeria.
He said that the army had only pronounced but not yet declared IPOB as terrorist group and that it had followed due process of the constitution to do so.
The army chief said that the process of perfecting the designation of IPOB as a terrorist organization was going on and at the appropriate time it would be officially declared.
Presently, the IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu has gone into hiding as findings revealed that the Biafra activist is seeking escape out of the country.