Chief Nnia Nwodo

The Igbo apex socio-cultural group -Ohanaeze Ndigbo- yesterday rejected the declaration of the Indigenous People of Biafra, (IPoB) as a terrorist organization.

It insisted that IPOB does not fall within the category of a terrorist organization under extant national and international laws, especially the Terrorist (Prevention) Act 2011, as amended in 2015.

It,ý however, commended the Southeast Governors for their role in dousing the tension over the large presence of soldiers in the geo-political zone for Operation Python Dance 11.

Ohanaeze, rising from Imeobi meeting in Enugu, last night, said it stood for a united Nigeria under a restructured federal system of government that guarantees justice, equity and fairness.

Reading from the group’s communiqué, its President General ý, Chief Nnia Nwodo, flanked by other Igbo leaders, condemned the military operation in the zone and urged the army to terminate the exercise henceforth.

The group said it would hold a special summit soon in support of the restructuring agenda, and supported all the resolutions of the Southern Leaders Forum.

For the umpteenth time, it expressed concern over alleged continued marginalization of the Southeast and said the situation was responsible for renewed agitation by Pro-Biafra groups.

Others at the meeting were Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State, Imo state Deputy Governor Eze Madumere and Ebonyi state deputy Governor Kelechi Igwe.

Also in attendance were former President General of Ohanaeze, Prof Joe Irukwu, former Secretary General of Ohanaeze, Dr. Joe Nworgu, former Minister for Information Walter Ofonagoro, former deputy Governor of Ebonyi State, Prof Chigozie Ogbu, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, Dr. Greg Ibe and former Governor of Anambra state, Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife.

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