Apologise for aiding proscription of IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu tells Igbo govs

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Nnamdi Kanu, leader of IPOB [Photo Credit: Pulse Nigeria]

Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the proscribed Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) has advised South East governors to publicly apologise for aiding the proscription of his group.

Mr Kanu gave the advise on Monday amidst the suspension of Rural Grazing Areas (RUGA) for herdsmen across the country.

TODAY POLITICS recalls that IPOB was proscribed in 2017 when the group began the formation of its security vigilante group named Biafra Security Service (BSS) across the South-East region.

While the formation was still at the early stage, the Federal Government through the Nigerian Military clashed with the secessionist group seeking the creation of an independent state of Biafra Republic.

The clash led to the proscription of the group which was aided by state governors from the geo-political zone in a bid to tame the growing influence of IPOB in the region.

Mr Kanu whose whereabouts was unknown at the time his group was proscribed, resurfaced in Isreal a year after and continued his campaign for the creation of Biafra through referendum.

Last month, the federal government under President Muhammadu Buhari approved and began implementation of Ruga settlements for herdsmen across the nation. The initiative said to be optional for interested states was later suspended largely due to rejection by southern governors despite acceptance by some Northern states.

The suspension further fuelled speculation that the move might be a mission to grab lands in the South for herdsmen largely from Fulani extraction. While southern Nigerians are calling for the cancellation of the project, their Northern counterparts are urging the government to go ahead with the initiative, issuing ultimatum to that effect.

For the separatist leader, it is time South-East governors apologised for ensuring IPOB was proscribed despite its non-violence approach.

“Blind & ignorant Igbo Efulefus that maligned, proscribed and ran to their Fulani masters to bring death to Biafraland through Python Dance are today being chased by the same Fulani terror (RUGA) they invited to kill IPOB. Shame! Public apology is due.,” Mr Kanu said in a tweet on Monday.