The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has reacted to a court order proscribing the group as a terrorist organization.
The IPOB said the order was obtained from, "biased APC lackey, the Federal High Court Chief Justice Kafarati in Abuja".
A statement signed by the group media and publicity secretary Emma Powerful on Thursday, September 21, said the court order is obnoxious and has placed the country's judicial reputation on the line.
Powerful said is clear that the judge who signed the order - Judge Abdul Kafarati - has only shown he is more concerned about the All Progressives Congress (APC) led by President Muhammadu Buhari than he is with dispensing justice without fear or favour.
Inquiring the evidence on which the court signed such order said: "The world can now clearly see there is something fundamentally wrong with the Nigerian psyche and it's propensity to reward evil and punish good. Nigeria will go down in history as the only country on earth to proscribe a peaceful organisation whilst blood thirsty violent marauders are given financial inducements to stop killing their innocent victims."
Powerful also noted that Justice Kafarati's order came after another judge of the Federal High Court, Binta Nyako ruled that IPOB is not an illegal organisation.
Powerful said: "It's also very appalling and an affront to common sense that the judiciary in Nigeria always allow itself to be manipulated and messed about by whichever government is in power but more so in this dictatorial APC regime as demonstrated through this injudicious order granted by Justice Kafarati proscribing IPOB."
It has inadvertently made itself a laughing stock in the judicial world. No wonder more civilized parts of humanity sometimes see we Africans as being incapable of mental development beyond self preserving primitive alliances.
Legal practitioners all over the world would be wondering what caliber of people make it to the bench in Nigeria if a judge can order the banning of an association that has no history of violence whatsoever.
Any judge or court of law worth its salt would have in the very least, demanded for proof of evidence of terrorists acts by IPOB, before doing the bidding of the government. In this case, as with most cases against IPOB, the only evidence provided by the very lying Lai Mohammed and the Attorney General of the Federation, is a video clip of brave IPOB men standing defiantly in front of an armored tank that killed 3 of their own in an unprovoked attack by the Nigerian Army at the home of their leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu in Isiama Afaraukwu Ibeku.
Nigerians should wonder how the civilized world view them and their government officials today, including the judiciary, which have proven themselves to be the most corrupt and morally bankrupt nation on earth," Powerful said.
Powerful added that declaring IPOB a terrorist organisation is like saying that everyone from the south east region even before the British colonization are terrorists.
Stating that IPOB is a nonviolent group, Powerful said the group has never killed anyone or bombed anywhere.
He said: "Our rallies are the most peaceful with no recorded incident or fracas or lawlessness; we have not killed anyone, yet Hausa Fulani Islamic dominated Nigeria, along with their judiciary and sponsored media attack dogs tagged us a terrorist group. We are not terrorists and can never be because our struggle for Biafra self determination is our undeniable right under United Nations and African Charter which Nigeria is a signatory to."
A Federal High Court presided over by Justice Binta Nyako on 6th March 2017 declared IPOB under the leadership of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu a lawful organisation. The judge went further to say that the fact IPOB is not registered in Nigeria does not make it illegal. Since nothing has changed from the date of that judicial pronouncement till today, on what facts of law did Justice Kafarati base his ruling that IPOB should be proscribed.
IPOB is recognized and operating lawfully in over 100 countries and territories around the world. Our conduct in each of these countries has remained impeccable and exemplary.
IPOB have not indulged in any criminal activity since its inception or killed anybody irrespective of the attacks, killings and humiliation our members receive regularly from the Nigerian government and her security operatives," he said.
He further urged all Biafra agitators remain resolute in their quest for the freedom of Biafra.
Powerful said: "This APC government is in turmoil, running from pillar to post in an effort to limit the damage they have inflicted on themselves, hence the lies and paid media attacks against IPOB from faceless groups and nonexistent individuals. They have seen the hand writing on the wall and can testify that crushing IPOB is not possible in this life.
Despite billions of dollars of crude oil money from Biafraland, total control of the instruments of coercion, media and propaganda machinery at their disposal, IPOB remains stronger than ever before. Nigerian Government are the ones looking for an escape route out the mess they plunged themselves into.
A government that failed woefully in over two years to prove it's case against IPOB in their own courts, what makes them feel they can defeat IPOB in the court of global public opinion. Biafrans must remain strong because our freedom is inevitable," Powerful concluded.