Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, has faulted the military’s declaration of the Indigenous People of Biafra a terrorist organisation.
The Defence Headquarters had on Friday, branded the IPOB a terrorist organisation and urged parents to dissuade their wards from joining the group.
But Fani-Kayode wondered how IPOB could be declared a terrorist group since the organisation had never killed anyone.
He said in a statement: “How can anyone describe an unarmed group of people as terrorists.
“As far as I am aware, Nnamdi Kanu and members of his IPOB have never killed anyone and neither have they been carrying arms.
“Theirs is a peaceful non-violent struggle in pursuit of a legitimate aspiration and objective. Violence and arms have no place in that struggle and in my view, the military is simply trying to create an atmosphere of terror, fear and intimidation in order to justify their actions in the east and a general clampdown on those they perceive as enemies of the state.”
He added that it is a pity that things have degenerated to this level, calling for restraint on all sides.
“This is a democracy and not a military dictatorship,” Fani-Kayode said.