The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has said that with the proposed amnesty for Boko Haram terrorists by the Federal Government, it means that the government stance that the group had been defeated was all lies.
In a press statement issued by the group and signed by Comrade Emma Powerful, its media and publicity secretary, IPOB accused the Federal Government of being predisposed to terrorists and killers and might even be working in concert with them.
“What this move confirms, even to the most ardent supporters of the government is that Boko Haram is part and parcel of the present government,” the IPOB said.
“Besides, it is a confirmation that the entire management machinery of this APC government is run on lies.
“Is this not the same Boko Haram they claim to have defeated five times already; how come they are negotiating permanent ceasefire with them?
“Are we to now believe that Boko Haram was not defeated in the first place after all,” it queried.
IPOB said it did not come to it as a surprise that the Buhari led APC government is now seeking to acknowledge publicly what they have been doing in secret all along, which is granting early release and amnesty to confirmed killers and terrorists.
The group said that as long as some politicians from Southern Nigeria and Middle Belt are still divided in their respective approaches to the issue of Nigeria’s existence, the core north would continue to take advantage of their one Nigeria mindset to perpetuate impunity whilst in government.
It wondered what the take of Ohanaeze Ndigbo and South East Governors is on the supposed release without trial and their silence on those killed in parts of Igboland.
“What is more,” it continued, “is that the same Federal Government the Igbo leaders are desperately trying to please by proscribing IPOB activities are now the same people setting free killers of Igbo people in the north without the courtesy of mere consultation to seek their opinion.”