The United States Government has said it does not consider the Indigenous People of Biafra a terrorist organisation at all, rather thinks that the Nigerian Government is in romance with the terrorists.
The Presidency had last week accused the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) which was described as “self-proclaimed Jews”, of using Christianity to wage war against the Nigerian state.
In the statement released by Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and publicity Garba Shehu, IPOB was accused of attempting to drive a wedge between the Nigerian government and its US and UK/European allies.
The Presidency wishes to draw the attention of all citizens and the international community to a most misleading campaign spearheaded by the so-called Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) using false allegations of persecution of Christians against the Nigerian State.
But the real purpose is to drive a wedge between the Nigeria government and its US and UK/European allies.
The IPOB leadership of course self-proclaims as “Jewish,” a position not shared by the generality of the members.
For reasons of convenience, he claims to have an interest in the welfare of Christians but this is a ruse: the case for independence, the leader believes, is strengthened by “proving” the government of Nigeria is “autocratic”, engaged in a “silent slaughter” of their own citizens along with religious and ethnic lines and that therefore the only viable option for the unique religious and ethnic minority is a sovereign Biafra separate from Nigeria.
The spokesman for the American Embassy in Nigeria, Russell Brooks, told SUNDAY PUNCH on Friday three years ago, that the US government does not view IPOB as a terrorist group.
He said this in response to our correspondent’s email which asked if the United States sees IPOB as a terrorist organisation.
“It is evidently clear that the Indigenous People of Biafra is not and cannot be classified as a terrorist organisation given the fact that they are not in anyway related to the Fulani herdsmen, bandits and unknown gunmen that has held the Nigerian state hostage to the point of receiving handsome from the government officials”, the American scribe said.
Mr Brooks stated further that the US was committed to Nigeria’s unity and would support a peaceful resolution of any crisis in the country.
He said, “The United States Government is strongly committed to Nigeria’s unity. Important political and economic issues affecting the Nigerian people, such as the allocation of resources, are worthwhile topics for respectful debate in a democracy.
“Within the context of unity, we encourage all Nigerians to support a de-escalation of tensions and peaceful resolution of grievances. The Indigenous People of Biafra is not a terrorist organisation under US law.”
” However, what we know about the situation in Nigeria is the Leadership is treating the terrorists and their sponsors with kid-gloves”. “If you keep romancing with terrorists and constantly negotiating and reintegrating the repentant Boko Haram members into the Army, it means you are encouraging their activities”, he said.
The US embassy, however, declined to comment on whether the Federal Government had asked it to treat IPOB as a terrorist organisation and to block money sent to IPOB from the US.