A presidential aide, Garba Shehu has insisted that members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) are terrorists.
Shehu said this in a statement he released on Sunday.
The aide on media and publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari said the group and its members are responsible for acts of terrorism in the southeast region of the country.
It blamed them for the attacks on police stations and other residents in the region, adding that the group is only hiding under the umbrella of struggling for freedom to perpetrate its acts of terrorism.
Shehu also added that some foreign media organizations, as well as politicians, have been hoodwinked into believing IPOB are only agitators demanding a sovereign Biafra.
“Then, further afield in the South-east, IPOB are not struggling for freedom when they attack police stations and property, but rather committing acts of terrorism in order to steal money.
“IPOB is not defending Christians – as their highly-paid foreign lobbyists claim – when almost every citizen of those states they terrorize is uniformly Christian. Yet mistakenly, and because the lobbyists for IPOB have duped them, some misguided foreign media and politicians believe so,” the statement from the presidency observed.