Re: IPOB is an in­sur­gency, not a ter­ror­ist or­gan­i­sa­tion

Sunday Trust - - VIEWPOINT - Khal­ifa Musa Muham­mad wrote from Kaduna.

The above-men­tioned piece was writ­ten by Dr Jide­o­for Adibe on the back page of the Daily Trust of Thurs­day, 28 Septem­ber 2017. There was some mod­icum of ob­jec­tiv­ity in the ar­ti­cle. How­ever, Dr Adibe failed to con­vince his reader that the Indige­nous Peo­ple of Bi­afra (IPOB) is not a ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tion.

Rather, the eru­dite colum­nist latched his de­fence of IPOB on the pro­nounce­ment by the US and EU that they did not sup­port the Nige­rian gov­ern­ment in des­ig­nat­ing the vi­o­lent group as ter­ror­ist. It is sad, how­ever, that Dr Adibe did not agree with a very se­nior Nige­rian gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial who dif­fered from the US and EU view­point. Shock­ingly, Dr Adibe strayed into dan­ger­ous waters by try­ing to teach this man, a very se­nior lawyer, a con­cept such as ter­ri­to­rial in­tegrity. I think Dr Adibe dis­played lack of tact in his re­sponse to Chief Okoi Obono-Obla, who pa­tri­ot­i­cally re­minded the for­eign pow­ers of Nige­ria’s sovereignty and in­de­pen­dence as en­shrined in our Con­sti­tu­tion.

Let me re­fer to spe­cific sec­tions of the ar­ti­cle. In para­graph 8 of his write-up Dr Adibe claimed that a World Ter­ror­ism In­dex 2015 la­belled no­madic pas­toral­ists as the fourth dead­li­est ter­ror­ists. For the avoid­ance of doubt, ter­ror­ism must be con­demned in its en­tirety. At this junc­ture, it is per­ti­nent to put is­sues of ter­ror­ism as viewed from US and EU per­spec­tive. Their per­cep­tion of ter­ror­ism is when a per­son bear­ing a Mus­lim name kills one or more per­sons in a western so­ci­ety. As I said, mur­der, in what­ever guise, and who­ever the per­pe­tra­tor is, must be con­demned.

But, on Oc­to­ber 2, 2017 a Cau­casian man, Stephen Pad­dock, opened fire on in­no­cent, de­fence­less cit­i­zens in Las Ve­gas, United States of Amer­ica. He cold-blood­edly mur­dered 59 peo­ple and in­jured 527. This car­nage was dubbed the “dead­li­est shoot­ing in US re­cent his­tory” by the US me­dia and other ob­servers. Amaz­ingly, the CNN, all the ma­jor chan­nels and US gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials quickly came out to stoutly de­fend his act sim­ply as mass shoot­ing. They sim­ply re­ferred to the mass mur­derer as a “ma­niac”, “gun­man” “sus­pect”.

A day ear­lier, a man had killed two women with a knife in Mar­seille, France. Be­cause he was a Mus­lim he was im­me­di­ately la­belled by all the chan­nels as a ter­ror­ist. This killing of two women was hor­ren­dous and must be con­demned. The point here is that the West has dou­ble stan­dards in its la­belling of peo­ple as ter­ror­ists. You can slaugh­ter over 60 peo­ple in one fell swoop and in­jure over 500 peo­ple but you are sim­ply a “gun­man/ma­niac” so long you are not a Mus­lim.

At this point let me re­fer Dr Adibe to Dr Jib­rin Ibrahim’s ar­ti­cle in the Daily Trust of Fri­day 29 Septem­ber 2017. Dr Ibrahim re­counted, and I Based on the fore­go­ing, it could be seen that there is a lot of mis­rep­re­sen­ta­tion on the po­lit­i­cal is­sues in Nige­ria. This is ob­vi­ously fu­elled by some un­pa­tri­otic Nige­ri­ans who mas­quer­ade as “con­sul­tants/re­searchers” to th­ese Western pow­ers quote, a “mis­chievous fab­ri­ca­tion of false­hood and pro­pa­ganda to fan re­li­gious ha­tred and present Nige­ria to Amer­i­can in­sti­tu­tions as a coun­try en­gaged in geno­cide against Chris­tians”. Guess where this was dis­cussed. Ac­cord­ing to Dr Ibrahim, this was at a pub­lic hear­ing with the ti­tle “Mus­lim cat­tle rear­ing herders and Chris­tian farm­ers in the Mid­dle Belt” of Nige­ria.

This hear­ing where “Mus­lim mil­i­tants” were killing “Chris­tian farm­ers” in the Mid­dle Belt was held at the US House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives, ac­cord­ing to Dr Jib­rin Ibrahim. For­tu­itously, a Nige­rian Chris­tian woman, Ms Onubogu de­bunked all the lies by ar­gu­ing that, among other things, herds­men-farm­ers clash is not re­li­gious; it is based on de­mo­graphic and en­vi­ron­men­tal fac­tors.

Based on the fore­go­ing, it could be seen that there is a lot of mis­rep­re­sen­ta­tion on the po­lit­i­cal is­sues in Nige­ria. This is ob­vi­ously fu­elled by some un­pa­tri­otic Nige­ri­ans who mas­quer­ade as “con­sul­tants/re­searchers” to th­ese Western pow­ers. This brings me to the IPOB is­sue raised by Dr Adibe. The group would have been de­clared a ter­ror­ist or­gan­i­sa­tion long ago by the US and EU if it was led by a Mo­hammed, Mustapha, Ahmed or any other per­son bear­ing a Mus­lim name. This is the fact of the mat­ter.

Thus, no amount of mis­in­for­ma­tion and mis­rep­re­sen­ta­tion by Dr Adibe and his co­horts will de­tract from the fact that IPOB is a ter­ror­ist or­gan­i­sa­tion.

On a fi­nal note, all peace-lov­ing Nige­ri­ans must con­demn the ne­far­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties of IPOB, killer herds­men and other vi­o­lent non-state ac­tors. And, the rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties must ar­rest and pros­e­cute any­one.

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