AnambraDecides2021: IPOB has proved it’s not a terrorist organisation – Doyin Okupe

A former aide to President Goodluck Jonathan, Doyin Okupe, has said that IPOB has proved that it is not a terrorist organisation, for it to have cancelled its earlier sit-at-home order that could have disrupted the Anambra governorship election.

Mr Okupe, who stated this in a Facebook post on Friday, described IPOB’s action as “heartwarming” and said “it is now time for the federal government to open a window of opportunity for peaceful negotiation with Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and the IPOB”.

“This decision of IPOB is a very reasonable one, coming from an organisation whose major concern is justice, equity and self-determination for its people.

“By this singular act of compassionate and progressive civility, in furtherance of our Democracy, IPOB, to my mind has proved unequivocally that it is not a terrorist organisation rather it is one that can be called to a round table to reason with,” Mr Okupe said.

Mr Okupe said peace talks and negotiations can resolve in weeks what violence, war and its attendant bloodshed may not achieve in several years.

He called on Nigerians to persuade the government to open talks with IPOB.

“May God help and guide our leaders to lead us aright in Jesus Name,” he said.

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