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IPOB is not a terrorist organization – US Government



IPOB is not a terrorist organization - US Government - BellaNaija

IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu

The US Government has said that it does not recognize the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) as a terrorist organization.

According to Vanguard, the United States Government has said that according to the parameters by which a terrorist organization is determined, IPOB does not fit.

It said that although the US is in favor of solving the internal crisis in Nigeria, it cannot pronounce the secessionist group as a terrorist organisation.

Both the Federal Government and the Nigerian military have pronounced the group as a terrorist organization.

It was said that the members of the group had used “stones, molotov cocktails, machetes, and broken bottles on a military patrol on September 10, 2017.”

Leader of the group, Nnamdi Kanu had challenged the court order proclaiming the group as a terrorist organization.


  1. CovertNigerian

    September 24, 2017 at 9:30 pm

    BN, a more appropriate summary would make clear that the US doesn’t consider IPOB a terrorist under their own laws as clearly stated in the Vanguard article. Unfortunately for IPOB, US laws don’t apply here, so this bit of non-news makes no difference. Stupidly though, there will be people that see this as some sort of vindication for IPOB and while they’re celebrating, the Nigerian Armed Forces will keep moving resources to the S’East in preparation for an overreaction to the agitations.

    As for the US, despite their laws, they hesitated to call Boko Haram a terrorist organization even though they were blowing up civilians, attacking markets, burning villages and enslaving women. These same US laws classified the ANC as a terrorist organization when they were fighting apartheid with the only tools left available to them. The same laws left Nelson Mandela on terrorism watch list till 2008. The same US continues to sell weapons and provide military support for Saudi operations in Yemen that have killed countless civilians despite laws that for a time supposedly prevented them from selling weapons to Nigeria to combat BH. The same US was also hesitant when Egyptians came out in millions to oppose their oppressive dictator Hosni Mubarak because he was US ally. The same US also refused till today to call the removal of President Mohammed Morsi, Hosni Mubarak’s successor, by the Egyptian Army a coup because it wasn’t convenient for them. So why should we care what they think now?

    Basically, in this case and probably in general, I’m wary of what the US says about Nigeria’s internal issues. I do not agree with the way the Nigerian government is handling the IPOB/Biafran issue but US law is totally irrelevant. The rush to call IPOB terrorists isn’t wise and we have to own that. It’s our own crap to clean up. Criticisms and advice from allies and friendly nations should be welcome but they should also always be considered in the right context.

    • Adaku

      September 24, 2017 at 9:57 pm

      Very well written. Nigerians are always so quick to seek validation from foreign governments! A lot of our problems are peculiar to us, and we should focus more on solving them with the relevant resources within the country. Yes, Nigerians can learn a lot from the US and other developed nations however no country, especially now, is interested in the best interest of another country unless there is something to be gained. The US can only support its allies and make decisions which ultimately benefit the US. I cannot knock them for that, they are not the caretakers of the world. But making decisions in Nigeria just because the US said so, makes no sense at all.

      That said, I believe IPOB is a terrorist group. Maybe not to Igbo people, but trust me, a Northerner would not feel safe walking into a room with IPOB supports around. Terrorism is about using power or beliefs to instill fear in a group of people and this is exactly what IPOB is doing.

      IPOB needs to redirect their frustrations. Instead of pushing Biafra as their agenda, THEY should channel their resources into empowering Nigerians to work together and do better!

    • Temi

      September 24, 2017 at 10:01 pm

      I was going to rant but you have done all the talking very elegantly. So ditto! We will fix our laws thank you very much..the US should remove the speck in their eye first. Conveniently having BS opinions while flying fighter jets and threatening annhilation with the baby dictator. Please!

    • The Real Oma

      September 24, 2017 at 10:31 pm

      This comment! I wish I can paste it on all Nigerian platforms.

    • Ephi

      September 25, 2017 at 3:12 pm

      @ Adaku

      “Northerner would not feel safe walking into a room with IPOB supports ”

      So I guess it’s those living in the midst of murderous herdsmen that would feel safe right? What a fking joke. The annoying thing about this issue is the double standards being applied. Declare all or none. Simple.

  2. Belema

    September 25, 2017 at 2:25 am

    Why will US tell us what’s right or wrong or what’s a terrorist organization or not? Since when did that start? I don’t blame them; when our stupid leaders won’t stop ceasing to seek validation from the international community. There’s no way we could ever do that if the situation/case was reversed.

  3. Elle

    September 25, 2017 at 9:17 am

    US or no US, it still makes no sense why the Nigerian government declared IPOB a terrorist group. On what basis? What was the criteria and why can’t that same criteria apply to Fulani Herdsmen?

  4. WORD

    September 25, 2017 at 11:04 am

    FG keeps making a joke of itself. This is what happens when ppe at d top refuse to use their heads. A lot of us will never agree with that senselss fool called Kanu, but FG keeps acting lawlessly like we are under military rule, making this ipob creeps look like they have a point or two.

    Why did the military declare them terrorists when wansnt their job to do so? Following outcries FG decided to go to the courts. Same court system that granted the fool bail, and FG comply! Charge the fool, FG couldn’t cos they hadnt done their home work…crazy jokers, always bending down over to give evil an opening!

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