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Declaration of IPOB as terrorist group unconstitutional – Bukola Saraki

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Senate President Bukola Saraki

The Senate President Bukola Saraki has said that the declaration of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) as a terrorist organization by the Nigerian Military is unconstitutional.

Saraki made this statement on his official Facebook page, where he said the National Assembly will investigate the crisis in the South-East.

He added that the proscription of the group by governors of the South-East states is also unconstitutional as it doesn’t follow due process.

Read the full statement below:

National Assembly Will Investigate Crisis in South-east

1. Following the clash between the military and members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), I hereby call for calm and restraint by all Nigerians so that we would all jointly find the right solution to the current problem rather than worsening the crisis.

2. Our brothers and sisters in the South-east, in particular, should continue to maintain peace and tranquility and go about their lawful business. This crisis will not benefit anybody but would only expose innocent people to unwarranted danger.

3. At this point, Nigerians outside the South-east who have worked to ensure that the crisis does not spread to other parts of the country deserve our commendation. I therefore call for continued efforts to sustain peace, unity and stability in all our communities so as to ensure that all residents, no matter their religion, tribe and creed remain protected and safe under the law.

4. It is also important that commentators and purveyors of information on all media platforms should be conscious of the need, at all times, to maintain the unity of the country. Therefore, they must refrain from circulating information that has the potential for aggravating the crisis. We should all realize, as individuals and as a collective, that Nigeria is all we have and it is in our individual and collective interests that we do not stoke the fire of crisis and fan the ember of discord through the message we are spreading. We must all protect and strengthen our country rather than contributing to her collapse and disintegration.

5. I also wish to state that the announcement of the proscription of the group known as Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) by Governors of the South-east states and the categorization of the group as a ‘terrorist organisation’ by the Nigerian military are unconstitutional and does not follow due process. Our laws make clear provisions for taking such actions and without the due process being followed, such declaration cannot have effect. I am sure the President will do the needful by initiating the right process. This will go a long way in demonstrating to the world at large that we are a country that operate by laid down process under every circumstance. So, those who have been hammering on this point should maintain their cool.

6. We must commend the military for their efforts in restoring peace to different parts of the country and sustaining the unity of the country. However, in the face of provocation, the military should allow themselves to be guided by their training which emphasizes respect for human rights, even in war. Also, giving the nature of this particular situation, the military has every reason to be hesitant in the use of force.

7. Also, it is my view that we should not over-stretch the military. We need to protect our military against dissipation of their fighting strength. And this means we need to strengthen the police and equip them with the capacity to deal with civil crisis. That is why we, in the aNational Assembly, are already reviewing the Police Act and also looking at the possibility of enabling other para-military agencies to help in curbing civil unrest and maintenance of law and order.

8. I want to also make it clear that the National Assembly intends to embark on a fact-finding investigation aimed at determining what actually happened during the period of the military exercise in the South-east. We want to be able to sift the facts from the fiction and determine who did what. It is quite clear that all the facts are not yet known. We assure Nigerians that there will be no cover up. We intend to lay the facts bare.

9. On a long term, we want to remind Nigerians that the reason for embarking on constitution review by the National Assembly was to enable us look into issues that are agitating the minds of Nigerians and creating tension among us. We have promised that the exercise would be continuous. We intend to keep that promise by further taking decisions that would strengthen and improve on our structures. The Eighth National Assembly, on resumption, will play its constitutional role by addressing all those issues that are agitating the minds of our people and over which they feel so strong. I appeal to all our people to always direct their grievances to the right channels.

10. Let me further reiterate the need for all leaders of thought -political. religious and traditional- to continue to engage with our people on the need to maintain peace and be our brothers’ keepers.

Signed
Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, CON
President of the Senate
September 18, 2017

6 Comments

  1. Wale Vintage

    September 18, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    Did Saraki himself become senate president constitutionally? If we dig deeper, he is probably one of the co-sponsors of IPOB. People playing games with the country’s future because of their own self serving greed. Also, I laugh at the short 2nd delusional man, 2nd only to Kanu, Mr. short man El- Rufai, owning the death of Yaradua. Elrufai has mental issues, his is beyond his constant lies, conniving and stealing. He will never get to where he is going. He is just a moronic idiot with delusions of grandeur. They need to investigate him, maybe he hastened the death of the already sick former president. Same ol’ shit from these northerners with sense of entitlement. El Rufai is NOTHING!

  2. Professor X

    September 18, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    This is how democratically run country are supposed to run. Thank you to Sen Saraki for raising these important issues. I’m sure we are all desperate for restoration of peace and stability to the SE. However we must find the root cause of the military clashes with IPOB

    • Wale Vintage

      September 18, 2017 at 4:41 pm

      E ma tan a ara yin…coming from the looter and lawbreaker in chief. The National Assembly will continue to reek of fermented shit as long as saraki leads it. Awon jaguda, the whole lot!

  3. nene+

    September 18, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    @ Wale take heart. The Saraki Senate leadership still dey pain you. Spray your face with baygon twice morning and night for seven days.
    Your party wanted to impose another dopemumumu leader on the Senate. Nigerians at tired of mummumummumu leaders without their own mind.

  4. Ganobi john

    September 18, 2017 at 10:59 pm

    All these Governors of south east that ban iPod should never be allowed for second term. Gov obiano should make all the noise.

    • Mrs chidukane

      September 18, 2017 at 11:17 pm

      Why won’t they ban it? Is it not for peace to reign? I guess ipob members enjoy being killed.

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