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The problem created by the agitations of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) was a result of the supposed leaders of the Igbo race to provide leadership, leading to the creation of a vacuum which the youth elements behind IPOB are forcefully occupying.

The group of young elements have also failed to achieve their aims because they quite naive on how best to go about their agitations without drawing condemnation across the country.

The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) which made the observations in response to the series of issues cropping up against the IPOB, however, faulted the unilateral declaration of the group as a terrorist group by the military authority.

Speaking with newsmen on Saturday at the party secretariat after playing host to representatives of the Communist Party of China (CPC) who came on visitation, National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, applauded the governors of the South East zone for outlawing the activities of the ethnic agitation group.

According to the PDP spokesman, the leaders of thought in Igbo land had abdicated their responsibilities for too long, just as they have also failed to convince the populace of their sincerity of purpose.

“I want to enjoin our leaders in the South-east to take responsibility. I believe that IPOB may have been allowed to be an organisation of mainly young elements who are out to fill a vacuum that they see as created by their leaders not taking appropriate action to address their grievances.

“It is now time for the leaders to act and fill those gaps and allay the fears the people that they will not be persecuted or marginalised” he said.

Speaking on the differences between the action taken by the South-East governors in banning the activities of IPOB and the outright declaration by the military that the group is a terrorist group, the opposition party spokesman said the military over-reached its mandate and constitutional powers.

“I believe that the power to proscribe an organisation lies essentially with the National Assembly and the federal government of Nigeria. It does not lie with the governors nor the military.

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“However the governors are the chief security officers of the various states and the primary responsibility of government is to secure lives and property of its citizens. That is the first and most important responsibility of government.

“Therefore as chief security officers of their states, they are allowed to take every measure that will ensure that peace reigns supreme in their various states. Therefore I will not condemn what the governors have done. They have been on the receiving end of the activities of IPOB.

“But the for the military, I think they over reached themselves by declaring IPOB a terrorist organisation.

“It is not in their powers to do so but that of the National Assembly and the relevant federal agencies after careful evaluation to say whether an organisation can be classified as a terrorist organisation or not.

“I believe there are processes and procedures to be followed before such can be done. It is not in the powers of any organisation, especially the military to unilaterally declare any organisation a terrorist organisation.

“I believe that the governors have acted in the best interest of the country.

The party advised IPOB to be more diplomatic in its approach to issues, lest it draws more enemies to itself.

“My advise to the IPOB leaders is that they should be really clear on what they really want. They should be clear on their tactics and strategies.

“If you say you are non-violent, you should not be provoked into acts of violence. They should be able to study the tactics employed be the civil right groups in the United States.

“If you say you believe in non-violence, you should study the tactics employed by the civil rights group in US led by the great Martin Luther King Jnr so that they will not be provoked under any circumstances.

“There was an instance when Martin Lither was beaten up and slapped during his struggle but he refused to react that is the tactics of non-violence. It has been employed in many parts of the world with great success” he said.

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