Senator Bukola Saraki, the Nigeria’s Senate President has said the labelling of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) as a terrorist organization by the Nigerian military and its subsequent proscription by the Southeast governors were unconstitutional. does not follow due process, therefore will not have any effect.
Saraki said that the acts offends instant Nigerian Law and that if the Federal government desires to do the needful, they should comply with the provision of Nigerian Law as not to give the international community the impression that Nigeria is a country without laws.
“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 categorization of the group as a ‘terrorist organization’ by the Nigerian military are unconstitutional and does not follow due process.
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 under every circumstance. So, those who have been hammering on this point should maintain their cool”
Meanwhile, the deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu was an integral part of those who labelled his own race a terrorist organization.
Bukola Saraki, Nigeria’s Senate president.