The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu, said that only those who support the illegal ban or the statement that “IPOB is a terrorist group” are the real terrorists in Nigeria.
The human rights activist who made this known via a tweet on Wednesday said “at no time did any competent court of law in Nigeria, after hearing all the facts, ever proscribe or pronounce IPOB a terror organisation.”
Describing opponents of the secessionist group he leads as “bandits,” Kanu said, “FACT! Only the bandit supporting Fulani @NGRPresident thinks otherwise. Don’t let them fool you, they are the real terrorists.”
Also, in a publication on Facebook, the IPOB leader said; “No matter how hard they [Fulani Daily Trust, BBC News, other Fulani controlled media outlets] try to peddle their lies and blatant falsehood against #Biafra, the TRUTH of the matter remains that at no time in the past or present, has any competent court of LAW anywhere in Nigeria, after hearing all the arguments from both parties (FGN vs IPOB) ever proscribed or pronounced IPOB a terror organisation. On the contrary, a Federal High Court ruling in Abuja held that IPOB activities is not unlawful. That remains the only credible judicial pronouncement on the matter till date. FACT!
“Only the BANDIT supporting terror enabling Fulani @NGRPresidency thinks otherwise. Fulani presidency, directing a Fulani Attorney General of the Federation to obtain an ex-parte order from a Fulani corrupt judge, in his office without the benefit of allowing IPOB to argue their case, in order to tag peaceful people asking for referendum as terrorists, is the worst form of subversion of the RULE OF LAW under a supposed constitutional democracy.
“Don’t let them fool you, Fulani Janjaweed rulers of Nigeria in various capacities, from Aso Rock to the last inconsequential local government outpost in the core Sharia north, are the real terrorists plaguing Nigeria. These Janjaweed terrorists see the great #IPOB as the one and only credible obstacle on their path to total domination and conquest of the South and dipping their Koran in the AtlanticOcean as their progenitor Uthman Dan Fodio charged them to. In order to remove that threat that IPOB posed against their Jihad, they hastily turned the due process of law on its head and quickly tagged a peaceful movement a terrorist group”.
Meanwhile, despite a 2017 ruling by a Federal High Court in Abuja that the IPOB is not a terrorist group, the Nigerian government that banned the group has continued to insist it is a terrorist group.
Nigeria: ‘Govt shields Fulani terrorists, kill those struggling for self-defense’
Catholic bishops of the ecclesiastical provinces of Onitsha and Owerri in Nigeria have expressed their displeasure with the insecurity in Nigeria and the way in which government forces attack and kill those who they say are “struggling for self-defense” in the country.
The church leaders blamed the federal government led by Muhammadu Buhari, a Fulani Muslim, for the violence and crisis in the country, noting that there is a “lopsidedness of the application of justice”.
The catholic leaders made their concern known in a 5-minute video posted on Facebook Tuesday, May 11 following their extraordinary Onitsha/Owerri Inter-Provincial Bishops’ Meeting on the situation of Nigeria, where they also said the government is “crushing those who are crying.”
“The state of Nigeria in different parts of our country with so much violence, insecurity and anxiety is a source of major concern to us Bishops, the said in the message read by Archbishops Anthony Obinna of Owerri and Valerian Okeke of Onitsha.
“The injustice, the insecurity that is very noticeable at various levels of government and high handedness with which government and security personnel approach various segments of this nation has led to public outcry, public dismay and disappointment.
“The government has found it necessary to disarm those who are struggling for self-defense while leaving those herdsmen, bandits and others who are killing many and destroying people instead of addressing the source of the problems, addressing the cries of the people.
In their collective message issued May 6, members of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) called on the country’s ruling party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), to be open to criticisms and to not embark on any form of propaganda against Church leaders who, when they speak, do so for the common good of the nation.
They said that the APC government should “listen to every Nigerian, both political actors in other parties, and non-political actors in Nigeria and the diaspora.”
“There is no need to spend so much of your time trying to blackmail anyone who criticizes your Government.”
Since 2009, Nigeria has come under attacks from Boko Haram and other Islamist terrorists in the north, alongside killing of Christians by Fulani herders who seek to turn the entire country into an Islamic state.
ACI Africa contributed to this report
Chadian security forces fire upon protesters in southern town
At least four people were shot and wounded in Chad’s southern Mandoul region on Saturday when security forces fired upon a crowd demonstrating against last month’s military takeover, witnesses and hospital sources said.
Protesters in the town of Sarh, about 550 kilometres (340 miles) from the capital N’Djamena, banged pots and pans in a show of defiance against the military council that has taken over since Chad’s longtime ruler Idriss Deby was killed last month.
Police responded by firing into the crowd with live ammunition, witnesses said. One person who was shot in the abdomen is in critical condition, according to a medical worker who requested anonymity.
“Two of my friends were wounded by gunshots right in front of me, and spent more than an hour on the spot before they could be transported to the hospital,” Allaissem Bernodji Manace, who protested in Sarh, told Reuters.
“We lived through a terrible scene,” he said.
Civil society leaders in the neighbouring town of Koumra said that a dozen people were arrested during a parallel protest, to which security forces responded with beatings and teargas.
A representative of Chad’s military council declined to comment on the actions of security forces, but said the protesters were “just young people who marched through the streets creating traffic jams.”
The demonstrations in Mandoul occurred at the same time as a funeral for five people in N’Djamena who were killed on Tuesday during clashes between protesters and security forces.
The army’s response to those protests was condemned by some of Chad’s strongest allies, including France, the United States and the African Union.
The military council, led by Deby’s son, Mahamat Idriss Deby, has promised to hold elections within 18 months. Deby was killed on April 19 as he visited troops fighting rebels opposed his 30-year rule.
Chad’s transition is being closely monitored by its Western allies, who have worked with the central African nation to combat militants across the Sahel.
Nigeria: Kanu weeps over murder of non-state security commander
Contrary to the report of the Nigerian forces who claim to have attacked the ‘Eastern Security Network’ camp in Imo State, where they killed the commander alongside six other people in a shootout, Nnamdi Kanu who is the general-commander of the non-state security group that the Nigerian government had declared “illegal”, said “there was no shootout”.
The human rights activist disclosed that “Ikonso was killed in his house,… where he was sleeping in the middle of the night”.
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