Femi Fani-Kayode has reacted to the recent declaration of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) as a terrorist group by the Nigerian army.
Earlier, Premium News24 reported that the Nigerian army in a statement signed by the director of defence information John Eneche said after due investigation, the military has decided that the IPOB is a violent group and as such would be classified as a terrorist group.
He said: “How can anyone describe an unarmed group of people as terrorists. As far as I am aware Nnamdi Kanu and members of his IPOB have never killed anyone and neither have they been carrying arms. Theirs is a peaceful non-violent struggle in pursuit of a legitimate aspiration and objective.
“Violence and arms have no place in that struggle and in my view the military is simply trying to create an atmosphere of terror, fear and intimidation in order to justify their actions in the east and a general clampdown on those they perceive as enemies of the state.
“It really is a pity that it has come to this and once again I call for restraint on all sides. This is a democracy and not a military dictatorship.”
Meanwhile, the governors of the south east states had a meeting in Enugu state on Friday, September 15, to deliberate on the recent clash between the IPOB and Nigerian Army in the region.
The governors met with some leaders of the zone to deliberate and come out with a blueprint on how to address the situation and challenges being posed by Nnamdi Kanu, IPOB leader.