Every Group Like IPOB Will Be Crushed - Presidency
The Federal Government has bragging rights and is willing to flaunt it.
Few days after clamping down on the activities of secessionist group, Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), it has warned that any other secessionist group will be crushed too.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said this during a live television programme.
Shehu said IPOB operated like Boko Haram by declaring an independent state and hoisting a foreign flag on Nigerian soil.
He also accused the secessionist group of printing Biafran currency; issuing Biafran passports and extorting money from people under the guise of compulsory tax collection.
Asked what the Federal Government would do if a similar group emerged following the proscription of IPOB, Shehu said, “If another group comes up and produces passports and produces currency and sets up an intelligence agency and a para-military organisation of sorts, the law will apply to them as it did to IPOB.”
The President’s spokesman said groups like the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra, would not need to be proscribed because they were not as violent and unruly as IPOB.
He said the Arewa youths, who issued a notice to quit to Igbo, were not given the IPOB treatment because they had withdrawn their threat and had succumbed to the voice of reason.
Shehu, however, said the same could not be said of IPOB.
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