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President Buhari reportedly signs Proclamation Proscribing IPOB



President Buhari reportedly signs Proclamation Proscribing IPOB - BellaNaijaPresident Muhammadu Buhari, before leaving the country for the UN General Assembly, had reportedly signed a proclamation proscribing secessionist group Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

This was made known by sources at the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation, ThisDay reports.

The signing of the proclamation was reportedly done to take the heat off the Nigerian Army for unconstitutionally declaring the group as a terrorist organization.

Senate President, Bukola Saraki, had amongst others said the army’s declaration was unconstitutional as it did not follow due process.

The source at the AGF’s office said the signing of the proclamation by the president will initiate the formal process of proscribing IPOB in accordance with the provisions of the Anti-terrorism Act.

The source added that Buhari was insistent on signing the declaration before leaving the country, so that he would have the right response to brief other world leaders in the case where he is questioned.

The source said:

The issue was extensively debated between Buhari, the AGF and other aides before he left for the UN General Assembly and the president decided to sign the declaration before leaving for New York, so he could say that due process was being followed if the question was raised by other world leaders at the UN.


  1. Critique

    September 19, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    Why couldn’t they just say “banning”? I had to look up the word. Intelligent people use simple words to convey smart ideas

    • FasholasLover

      September 19, 2017 at 2:48 pm

      Utter rubbish. Don’t mind him. When was the law passed? So fast to proscribe IPOB but then Boko Haram thrives. “A WAR AGAINST BOKO HARAM IS ANTI-NORTH”- Buhari. The herdsmen continue killing. What about his deafening silence when the southern Kaduna killings happened? Arewa Youths are privy to classified information. The economy is in shambles yet, Bubu will again see his Dentist this time in London. If a people say they no longer want to be a part of a union, the sensible thing to do is to have a dialogue. This is supposed to be a democracy for freaking sakes. I may not agree with Kanu’s method but who has dialogue ever hurt?

  2. Uberhaute looks

    September 19, 2017 at 1:47 pm

    Was that before or after Saraki condemned it/before or after he left for the U. S?

    • Professor X

      September 19, 2017 at 5:18 pm

      Good catch. This report emphasizes over and over again (to whose benefit) that Buhari, after intense discussion with the AG, signed the law BEFORE departing for NY. All na wash. AS IF Buhari knows the specifics of the law and the constitution, let alone discuss legalese with the AG. I’m sure he operates in General/dictator mode.. ordering people about.

  3. eagleeye

    September 19, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    So Boko Haram’s antics doesn’t warrant the President signing such?

  4. Teekay

    September 19, 2017 at 3:07 pm

    Boko Haram is also a known terrorist group in Nigeria please be aware.

  5. Inferiority complex

    September 19, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    “The source added that Buhari was insistent on signing the declaration before leaving the country, so that he would have the right response to brief other world leaders in the case where he is questioned.”
    The above is his only reason for initiating the due process. That inferiority complex-laden reason.
    Could we just sit and ask ourselves what the emperor takes us (Nigerians) for? I’m sure he doesn’t see Nigerians as humans but I’m wondering what sort of animals he thinks we are. It must be the worst of the worthless of animals.
    It will be foolish to argue that he regards Nigerians as humans deserving any form of respect. Of course there are parts of Nigeria he detests even more. This signing is one of many proofs.
    How hard is it for a president to admit that he has heard about his Fulani kinsmen turning different parts of the country to killing field but that he would do something about it? It will be pretentious but it will be an acknowledgment of the evil in the land, yet the emperor cannot say it. However he’s eager to tag an organisation that seek freedom a militant terrorist group.
    I would have said that no sane judge will declare the group a terrorist group based on the facts that we know will come before the court but we all know the judiciary is in shambles under this regime.
    Democracy died on 29/5/15.
    I have never witnessed such boldfaced sectionalism and abuse of power from any Nigerian ruler or leader, and I’ve been around for a while.
    Our laws are like toilet papers before him. He only signed this to have some answer for foreigners.
    It’s either the angels are using him to teach Nigerians a lesson or the demons are having a field day. Either way, I know it will pass.


    September 19, 2017 at 4:16 pm

    A welcome development. The President was right to have signed the proclamation document. The Nigeria Army was very wrong to have unilaterally declared IPOB a terrorist group. They ( Nigeria Army authority ) seems to have forgotten that Nigeria is a democratic Nation. No longer under the Military rule.

  7. baby

    September 19, 2017 at 5:22 pm

    illiterate comments

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