Ohanaeze Ndigbo has warned the federal government against initiating ‘frivolous’ legal actions on the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
The Pan-Igbo group urged the Nigerian government not to allow itself to be used in undermining democratic process in the country.
The group in a statement released by its president John Nwodo on Monday, September 18, said it had credible information that the attorney general of the federation and the minister of justice Abubakar Malami has secretly approached courts to obtain an order to label IPOB as a terrorist group.
Nwodo describing such alleged move as ‘illegal’ said the effort was aimed at furthering the harassment and intimidation of Igbo youths who are pursuing their constitutional rights.
Nwodo further said the Ohanaeze Ndigbo has began sending out letters to warn the courts of such moves against the Igbo people.
He said the alleged move by Malami is capable of disrupting the genuine moves by Ohanaeze and Igbo leaders to guarantee peace in the southeast.
Ohanaeze Ndigbo had earlier cautioned the federal government against the use of force in ending growing agitation by the IPOB members.
Ohanaeze also called on the federal government to stop the military’s Operation Python Dance II currently ongoing in the southeast.
The group warned that the presence of the soldiers in the region would not bring an end to the agitation for the secession of region.