IPOB, Yoruba nation agitators not different from terrorists

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has said the refusal of the separatist movements in the southern part of the country to accommodate dissenting opinions makes them the same as the Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorists.

He stated on Wednesday in his address to welcome members of the House back from their nine weeks recess.

The lawmakers had proceeded on recess on July 15 after considering some major bills including the Electoral Amendment Bill and Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB).

President Muhammadu Buhari has since signed the PIB into law.

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) advocates the secession of the Igbo-populated South-east zone while in the South-west zone, Sunday Adeyemo aka Sunday Igboho, is leading agitation for a Yoruba nation.

IPOB recently gave a sit-at-home order every Monday in the South-east. The order has been enforced largely through violence forcing the people of the region to comply.

On Tuesday, the group also gave a sit-at-home order in honour of its members killed on 14 September 2017 when men of the Nigerian Army invaded the home of Nnamdi Kanu, its leader.

The order has been condemned by several people,…

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