- Professor Pat Utomi has reacted to the proscription of IPOB by the federal government
- Utomi said there is no basis for designating the group as a terrorist organisation
- He added that there is no law against a group of people protesting how they have been unjustly treated
Professor of political economics and former presidential aspirant, Pat Utomi, has joined the leagues of dignitaries to condemn the proscription of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
Vanguard reports that Utomi, who spoke at a function at Holy Cross Cathedral in Lagos, insisted that the IPOB is not a terrorist group and the group has done nothing to terrorise anybody.
He said: “People have the right to say they’ve been unjustly treated. To take away that right from them is to say you want to enslave them. When you talk about modern slavery, it’s the most grievous violation of human rights in the 21st century.
"I’ve not seen what terror they (IPOB) have committed. They are not, I repeat, quote me anywhere, any day, they are not a terrorist organisation."
NAIJ.com gathered that Utomi claimed that the designation of IPOB as a terrorist group and the proscription is nothing but a political move.
He said: “That’s just a political thing. It doesn’t make sense which way you look at it. It’s just a political thing. You can carve any name, you can be IPOB or ITOT, it’s just a name.
“Nigeria is going through a necessary and interesting phase of its evolution as a country. I am not one of those unduly worried about the things going on in the country. They are part of the thesis and anti-thesis that will produce synthesis that is a nation.
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“That we all seek God’s blessings for all, no one is a child of a lesser God. And as those who wrote that piece of play has said, our arms are too short to box with God. I wish peace to all, progress to all, growth of abundance mentality, human charity that leads to accommodation.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the IPOB has insisted that forthcoming governorship polls in Anambra will not hold.
Emma Powerful, IPOB's publicity secretary, said the voting was a test case for IPOB and its allies in Biafra territory, adding that boycotting would send a statement to the international community about the seriousness of the agitation for Biafra.
Nnamdi Kanu and Biafra agitation... the journey so far! - on NAIJ.com TV.