Senate President Saraki
ABUJA – President of the Senate Bukola Saraki has described the proscription and declaration of the Indigenous People Of Biafra, IPOB, as a terrorist organization as illegal and hasty conclusion, saying governors and the military lack powers to proscribe IPOB a terrorist organization.
Mr. Saraki spoke on Monday in a statement he shared on Facebook and Twitter stated that the governors of the five South-eastern states had announced proscription of all IPOB activities, moments after the military declared the separatist group a terrorist organization.
But Mr. Saraki said the two moves did not follow due process and were made in violation of law.
“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 categorisation of the group as a ‘terrorist organisation’ by the Nigerian military are unconstitutional and does not follow due process,” said the Senate President.
“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 underevery circumstance. So, those who have been hammering on this point should maintain their cool. National Assembly will investigate crisis in South-east.”
He, however, praised the military for efforts at maintaining peace, but warned against human rights violations, even in the face provocation.