President Muhammadu Buhari has declared
that the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, is a terrorist
organisation, while the Fulani herdsmen are a mere criminal gang.
Buhari stated this in an exclusive
interview as a guest on Channels TV programme, “Sunrise Daily”, on
Thursday, through his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity,
Reacting to questions on why the Fulani
herdsmen have not been tagged a terrorist organisation, despite the fact
that they have killed hundreds of people and destroyed properties in
some parts of the country, Garba said:
is because there is a difference between a criminal gang and terrorist
activities. Yes, the Fulani herdsmen are a criminal gang, and are being
dealt with in accordance to the laws of the country, but IPOB like Boko
Haram, has a territory they have carved onto themselves as a sovereign
State, and have shown willingness to invade neighbouring States.
“They have raised concerns in
neighbouring Kogi, Benue, and also indicated interest in taking over
Bayelsa and Rivers. That is exactly what Boko Haram has done with the
Flags and taxation systems. These certainly are not acceptable to the
laws of the country”, he stated.
Garba further stated that information
reached the government that IPOB members had already started printing
passports, as well as their own currency, which is also against the laws
of the country.