The US embassy in Nigeria has said that it does not consider the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) a terrorist organization.
The spokesman for the US embassy, Russel Brooks who made the assertion in a chat with The PUNCH, urged Nigerians to resolve their differences in a peaceful manner.
Brooks who reiterated his country’s commitment to Nigeria’s unity said that
“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 organization under US law.”
The is coming after a federal high court, Abuja, declared IPOB a terrorist organization following the exchange of hostilities between members of the group and the Nigerian army. The AGF Abubakar Malami, has also said the federal government would gazette the court order proscribing IPOB.
IPOB has, however, challenged the declaration in a suit filed on behalf of the group on Friday, September 22 at a Federal High Court in Abuja, by Ifeanyi Ejiofor who also represents Nnamdi Kanu.