Senate President Bukola Saraki has dismissed the categorisation of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) as a terrorist organisation by the Nigerian Army, calling it unconstitutional.

Saraki disclosed this in a press statement issued on Monday, September 18, 2017, where he also criticised the proscription of the group by the South-East Governors’ Forum.

Senate President, Bukola SarakiSenate President, Bukola Saraki

 (The Guardian)

The leader of the upper legislative chamber argued that the proscription and categorisation of the group does not follow any due process as made clear by the provisions of the country’s laws.

As a result, he said the declarations are meaningless as they won’t take any effect until the proper channels are followed, urging President Muhammadu Buhari to initiate the process the right way.

He said, “I also wish to state that the announcement of the proscription of the group known as Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) by Governors of the South-east states and the categorization of the group as a ‘terrorist organisation’ by the Nigerian military are unconstitutional and does not follow due process.

“Our laws make clear provisions for taking such actions and without the due process being followed, such declaration cannot have effect. I am sure the President will do the needful by initiating the right process.

“This will go a long way in demonstrating to the world at large that we are a country that operate by laid down process under every circumstance. So, those who have been hammering on this point should maintain their cool.”

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