Why Nigeria’s International Partners should proscribe IPOB – Lai Mohammed

Lai Mohammed
Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed [Photo: Daily Trust]

Nigeria’s international partners should designate the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB a terrorist organisation, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has said.

The minister said this in an article, entitled ”Thwarting Terrorism in Nigeria”, which appeared in the U.S. newspaper ‘Washington Times’ on Thursday, October 12, 2017.

Mr. Mohammed argued in the piece that IPOB’s actions qualify the group as a terrorist organization in most jurisdictions.

“The terror lays bare their opportunism. They masquerade as a separatist movement, yet they endanger the very people they claim to represent. In reality, IPOB cares about IPOB and nothing more,” he said.

While the Federal Government of Nigeria has proscribed IPOB and labelled it a terrorist organization in the wake of a clash between the group members and the Nigerian army, the U.S. government, however, said it does not see IPOB as a terrorist organisation, a position Mr. Mohammed described as ‘unfortunate’.

In his Thursday article, the minister said that the Nigerian administration will not make the same mistake it made by ”allowing Boko Haram terrorists to invade its territory.”

Mr. Mohammed urged the country’s international partners to proscribe IPOB, “and in doing so, starve it of the funds which gives it sustenance. Nigeria has just defeated one preventable terrorist insurgency. This one must not be given the chance to get a foothold.”

The Boko Haram, which seeks to create an Islamic caliphate in Northern Nigeria has caused about 100,000 deaths since 2009. The group has, however, lost most of the territory it once controlled in various battles with the Nigerian military.

It is, however, still able to carry out attacks mainly on soft targets but also on security personnel in the North-east.


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  • Bright Ezeh

    Liar Mohammed shame on you and buhari no body will join you in banning lnnocent biafrans Christians lpob , because demanding for Referendum is never a crime

    • front man

      Moron don’t just post nonsense here

    • SpeakOut

      Shame on you, bastard, nothing is real to you, looting is in your brain, you think everyone will look like Metuh

    • woman leader1

      Shame on you

    • Olatubosun

      Are you for real?
      You need deliverance

    • dele20

      Did you just comment that biafrat is innocent? you must be a clown

    • dele20

      Your comment is rubbish

    • dpfrank

      Be reasonable for once, IPOB security guard and vernal threats from Nnamdi KANU says it all that they are terrorist group.

      • Arabakpura

        Why don’t you call the whole Igbo terrorists? Perhaps, that will give you more happiness!

  • newday

    “A little rebellion here & there is medicine for good governance-“—Thomas Jefferson. Lai wants to impose his definition of terrorism on centuries old democracies around the world instead of persuading PMB to spread the dividents of democracy to his fellow citizens who defecate & drink from the same river, in a nation where electricity is unavailable because its rocket science..

    • front man

      Tolerate all the wicked act by that coward kanu

      • newday

        Prove it

  • emailofemi

    This government have lost it

    • front man

      Rubbish

    • SpeakOut

      Why won’t they lost it, when they’ve stop your kleptomania leaders from stealing

      • Olatubosun

        Don’t mind that useles

    • woman leader1

      Shit

    • Olatubosun

      You are crazy

  • obiora

    Lai has got his own share of the Money now he can talk. APC is no money no business. Moral loss.

    • front man

      Shut up pdp agent of darkness

    • woman leader1

      Paid monkey

    • Olatubosun

      You are useles

    • dpfrank

      You are sick in the head

  • front man

    IPOB’s actions qualify the group as a terrorist organization in most jurisdictions alot of innocent lives has been lost in that region all in the name of greediness freedom

    • Olatubosun

      We all know that Ipob is a terrorist group

      • dele20

        IPOB is a terrorist organization

  • front man

    Ipob is a terrorist group
    Simple

    • woman leader1

      So simple, they have killed innocent souls in Nigeria

    • Olatubosun

      You are correct

    • dele20

      No lie about that

    • daygea

      On point

  • Night Crawler

    No other country can know better than Nigeria itself, ipob is a terrorist group, they should listen to us, that’s all

    • woman leader1

      Well said, ipob is a group of nuisance Biafra goat

      • Olatubosun

        Sure

    • Olatubosun

      Well said

    • dele20

      Exactly

  • woman leader1

    HMIC has spoken well on this international partners should listen and reason with Nigerians

    • Olatubosun

      You are correct

    • 0tile

      Where is your deputy, fake lawyer Kayode Soyemi? Let him come and add his voice.

  • Olatubosun

    Our honorable minister of information has spoken

    • dele20

      Yes oooo, HMIC is really the voice of the masses

      • daygea

        Very true.

  • emailofemi

    OBJ, Yaradua and GEJ were here…posterity will judge us all.

    • progressive

      Those names you’ve mentioned have failed this country .

  • Bassey Frank

    That your “international partners” have ignored you shows you are frivolously on your own. This sounds senseless.

    • Sincere-Voice

      Did Nnamdi Kanu truly solicit for guns and bullets, yes or no?
      You need to get real for once.

      • Bassey Frank

        Go and tell that to the “international partners”. If you are sincere, they will yield to your request. That they ignored you shows they know better than you and will never buy such a nonsensical argument. It is not for us to begin to argue over what is immaterial. Convince them and get their nod.

        • daygea

          It is obvious even to the blind that Nnamdi Kanu was just brainwashing the gullible followers to achieve his terrorism acts

          • Olatubosun

            Yes o

        • Sincere-Voice

          What’s immaterial? What’s nonsensical?
          Answer the question and stop rumble-running.
          Did Kanu solicit for guns and bullets? Give me a yes or no answer. Forget about international community. Within ourselves, let’s tell ourselves the truth.

          • progressive

            Don’t mind the e goats he is senseless, he needs to be taken to psychiatric

          • Bassey Frank

            Do you have your evidence or you are relying on the lies that have become a second nature of this lame government. Who did Kanu solicit guns and bullets from? Tell me. Demonizing him and castigating his tribe will never earn this government of horror any point. The US and other credible international bodies have REFUSED to buy the trash the IPOB is a terror organization. That is the kernel of the matter.

          • Sincere-Voice

            Yes, I have evidences. Go to YouTube and you will watch several videos. Go there and ask around and stop acting like a brute. Even Kanu himself has never denied any of this.

        • progressive

          The international partners has nothing to say because they are not the one that elected buhari so they can decide for us

          • Olatubosun

            They can’t decide for us o.. .
            We will decide by ourselves

          • Bassey Frank

            So, why is Lai Mohammed disturbing them?

      • progressive

        I think he won’t be able to answer that question, don’t mind the pdp e rats they are all sick they think we are still in the era of impunity.

      • Olatubosun

        He can’t answer the question

      • Bassey Frank

        He did not. If you are sure he did, tell us and show the evidence. I am never impressed by this propaganda which is now ruining this lame-duck administration of PMB. The international community has refused to buy the trash that IPOB is a terror organisation. Why was/is PMB reluctant to pronounce Fulani Herdsmen a terror group? How many people did IPOB kill? NEMESIS is judging those that deserve its stings.

        • Sincere-Voice

          The video is there all over social media. You’re the first person that will say he has ñever seen the video. YouTube will help you if you need help.
          The headsmen are a problem and most of them are criminals but I am yet to see any heardsman carving out a part of Nigeria and declare it a country of its own. You need to be real with yourself bro.

    • progressive

      Well to my own understanding the international community can’t speak for us we are as a country we going to decide for ourselves

      • Arabakpura

        Because you are a national community? Why disturbing the international community if you can handle it?

      • Bassey Frank

        Agreed. Then why is Lai Mohammed disturbing them?

    • dpfrank

      We know what is happening here more than the international partners

  • Sincere-Voice

    Ipob is a terrorist organisation. Their acts and words depict nothing other than terror!

    • daygea

      Very true.

    • progressive

      Buhsri government will surely sent them packing kanu is no where to be found just because he knew that he has court case he must be fished out to face his terrorism trial

      • Arabakpura

        Gen Buhari has already sent the Igbo packing! I don’t think there is anything left for him to do!

    • Arabakpura

      Wrong! Igbo are the terrorists! Hope you are happier! Let’s rather ask them to proscribe the Igbo and declare them as terrorists so that we can all rest!

  • dele20

    I see no difference between Shekau and Kanu, Boko haram and IPOB?

    • emmanuel

      Maggot, you deploy fully anything your blank brain master make cheap press briefing. Count all the monikers you used here.
      Shame to an unintelligent troll who work for a low brain!
      Liar Mohammed is better off loading his farm implement of a donkey and hea for his peasant farm in his village. People like them in sensitive position, is the reason Nigeria is plunging into the abyss by the day.

      • progressive

        You must be silly about you said , is it not in this same country that Jonathan and his ministers stole billions upon billions still yet you still have the guts to be laying curse on buhari .

    • Arabakpura

      No, there is no difference between Igbo and Boko Haram! Let’s proscribe the Igbo!

    • Olatubosun

      Well said.. …

  • thisnigeria

    IPOB should be recognized globally as a terrorist group while the Fulani herdsmen should be recognized as an NGO.

    • progressive

      Whether the international community likes it or not the ipob must go , even kanu that is supporting biafra has gone into hiding, I also learnt that he is in UK right now.

    • Arabakpura

      Don’t mind the unrepentant hypocrites! Gen Buhari used to defend Boko Haramites! Arant nonsense!

    • dpfrank

      IPOB is a terrorist group

    • Olatubosun

      Ipob is a terrorist group. …………..
      We must deal with them

  • emmanuel

    This kind of statement can only come from a dullard who is appointed Minister of Information. Liar does not know that designating IPOB as terrorist organisation is in equal term, closing doors to foreign Direct Investment?
    Why do these APC bastards behave as if they never went to school or even interact with the modern world?

    • GusO

      Everyone who who disagrees with IPOB is a dullard or unintelligent or brain dead in the eyes of IPOB apologists. People who resort to insults rather than a coherent exposition of their ideology are usually extremists unable too explain what they represent.

      • progressive

        So you think ipob is best thing we can have in the country with the atrocity they are doing in the country if not for the wisdom of buhari things could have been worst more than this .

    • progressive

      So you called him Dullard i know that lai Mohammed is given people like you headache because you failed to hear the truth. I will always appreciate HMIC for the good work he is doing.

    • dpfrank

      You are f00lish for calling the HMIC unprintable names, why don’t you tell your brothers from SE to desist from terrorism?

      • Olatubosun

        Leave that trash

    • Olatubosun

      You are sick

  • AFRICANER

    I know that Mr. Donald Trump, and indeed, the international community, especially CHRISTIANS cannot believe the temerity and impertinence of this Mohammed guy. I’m sure they are not amused.

    Mr. Mohammed must be so absorbed in local shenanigans that it renders him oblivious to the intel capabilities of the developed world. It cannot be lost on Lai that the United States just designated Chad, his swamp base, a terrorist country. Surely, he must ask himself, what’s the difference between Chad, and northern Nigeria?

    So, for terrorists to have the effrontery, and impudence, to ask the US, and the international civilized community to label CHRISTIANS as terrorist is quite ridiculous.

    • progressive

      It your own opinion why won’t they believe him lai Mohammed knew what he is saying because he is in government, he knows that the ipob are terrorist. If the international community can do anything i believe that buhari government is ready to take on those ipob

    • Arabakpura

      He does not know that he is the one advertising himself as a terrorist! They are merely making a jest of themselves! The world reads comments being made on this issue and they are perceptive! Nobody will take them seriously!

      • dpfrank

        The HMIC is telling the truth and the whole world knows it

        • Arabakpura

          Well, Nigeria is not the whole world!

    • 0tile

      The most disgusting step Lair Mohammed has taken so far is hiring a horde of commenting touts who flood the media to promote his lies and propaganda. The touts usually render his speeches useless with their rude and insolent attacks on anyone who does not praise Buhari ati Mohammed. I love when they do it not realizing that their hooliganism taints the credibility of their master Mohammed.

      • dpfrank

        You are a pigg to label anyone with contrary opinion from your as being hired by the HMIC.

    • dpfrank

      IPOB is hiding under agitation to perpetrate terrorism in Nigeria

  • progressive

    Kudos to lai Mohammed in making sure that those who think the ipob are not terrorist are not doing the country because this same group have caused alot havoc in the country so they must be disband .

    • Olatubosun

      Kudos to our honorable minister of information. …..
      Nigeria has been sanitised

  • progressive

    HMIC continue the good work you are doing God will continue to lead your through in achieving your promises.

    • Olatubosun

      Ameen

  • progressive

    You can imagine those who are killing themselves for kanu this same kanu is in UK enjoying himself.

    • Olatubosun

      Federal government will deal with them all

  • Arabakpura

    Let Lai Mohammed go back and read the comments section of that newspaper! He will be ashamed of himself! The regime is angry that IPOB took the shine off their corruption propaganda and set the country on the part of aggressive discussions on the meaning of our union! If the government has good thinkers, they will know that chasing IPOB is hurting a major tribe in Nigeria and the more they do the more they set up dissension against themselves!
    Every time he speaks about IPOB, he hurts majority of the Igbo who are silently looking for an opportunity of revenge!

    • dpfrank

      You are a liar, the real Igbos does not support IPOB and their terrorist activities

      • Arabakpura

        I have heard these from you several times! Keep deceiving yourself or selves!

      • Olatubosun

        Don’t mind that Biafra

        • Arabakpura

          Thank you! I will be fine if you mind yours!

    • Olatubosun

      You are crazy. ….
      You need deliverance

      • Arabakpura

        You are sane – congrats!

      • emmanuel

        you have never come as someone who has good reasoning faculty. Unfortunately, we know you work for Liar Mohammed and you also demonstrate crass ignorance and a debased mind.
        How you praise a nincompoop, appointed as Minister of information of a fraudulent government – a man whose Wada Nass of yester-years have not matched in perfidy.
        Each time you come out to mudsling a people who are more important that you – The Igbos, you only ridicule yourself.

    • Olatubosun

      What are you saying?

      • Arabakpura

        That you should mind your business!

  • dpfrank

    IPOB is a terrorist group and those who are arguing about it are enemies of the nation

    • Olatubosun

      Sure, and they will definitely find themselves to blame

    • Olatubosun

      Sure

    • princegab

      Well said, thanks. For or against, we all are enemies of the country. Why not negotiate unity then?

  • Olatubosun

    We all know that Ipob is a terrorist. ………..

    Lai Mohammed well said sir

    • princegab

      Bad governance created ipob, just as it created BH. Therefore bad governments are terrorists

  • Aminu Baba

    Surely the international community should be made aware that IPOB and Boko Haram has the same objective and basic ideology; which is to Balkanize a large chunk of Nigeria and forcefully corner their peoples and resources into a utopian Igbo land called Biafra which they exhumed from the relics of antiquities. This they hope to achieve through violence and intimidation of peace loving Nigerians at home and abroad. The international community need to also know that the rest of Nigeria has no objection whatsoever if the so called Biafra consists of ONLY the 5 Igbo speaking states and nothing more and if a majority of their fellow tribesmen are in sincere, unforced agreement to the secession. Meanwhile the latter does not appear the case and the leader of this sinister movement is jobless street marauder who is using the movement purely to make money and some fame

  • Lugard_Haram

    Lai Muhammed that’s not going to happen, Biafra has come to stay.

  • princegab

    Oga Lai, please don’t waste your time and energy, foreign governments know better. They see all our dirty inside out.