The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB has faulted the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, for reportedly supporting proposed amnesty for bandits.
Mohammed had reportedly said, “If granting amnesty to a warlord will lead to the surrendering of many others, I will take that decision.”
But IPOB, in a statement by its Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, said the minister was wrong to be advocating amnesty for those he described as “murderous bandits” while justifying the proscription of IPOB.
It described the minister’s statement as the height of hypocrisy.
IPOB added that the world must hold the minister accountable for the atrocities of Fulani bandits and terrorists ravaging Nigeria.
The statement read in part, “The Indigenous People of Biafra has noted with great amusement, a disgraceful statement credited to the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, that he supports amnesty for bandits.
“Lai Mohammed should be ashamed of himself for advocating amnesty for murderous bandits but justifying proscription for peaceful agitators.
“Lai Mohammed shamelessly justified Nigeria’s black market proscription of a peaceful movement like IPOB instead (of suporting the proscriotion) of bandits and other terrorist groups terrorising the North and ravaging the South.
“This is the height of hypocrisy! This latest reckless statement by no less a person than the Information Minister has confirmed our leader’s position that Nigeria is a terrorist-sponsoring nation.
“Nigeria is in bed with terrorists but up in arms against innocent citizens agitating for freedom. IPOB never declared any war against Nigeria or her citizens yet it was unilaterally proscribed and banned by government.
“But bandits have been on a killing spree of innocent citizens of Nigeria yet the same government is seeking amnesty for the blood suckers. What a disgraceful irony!
“Victims of Fulani bandits, herdsmen and terrorists have always borne the brunt alone without any succour from government.
“The world must hold him accountable for the atrocities of Fulani bandits and terrorists ravaging Nigeria. When the chips are down the masterminds of terrorism in Nigeria must stand trial for their evil actions.”
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