Lai Mohammed, the Nigeria information minister made a statement during a chat with State House Correspondents after Wednesday’s Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting, at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa, Abuja, according to gistlover report.

Read his statement

“Let me state clearly that it is within the rights of individuals or groups to seek self-determination. But this pursuit has to be non-violent”, he said.“Where any group crosses the red line by engaging in violence, it risks being cut to size, and that is exactly what has happened to IPOB.

“I am not interested in the semantics or legality of troop’s deployment, or the proscription of IPOB. All I know is that IPOB has engaged in terrorist activities, such as: setting up Parallel Military and Paramilitary organisations, clashing with the national Army, and attempting to seize rifles from Soldiers, using weapons such as machetes, molotov cocktails and sticks, and mounting roadblocks to extort money from people, among others.

“To those who have engaged in semantics or legality, I ask: which country in the world will tolerate those activities I have listed above? Which national Army will look the other way when it is being attacked by a band of thugs?”

The information minister also said that President Muhammadu Buhari, signed the document to start the process of the proscription and declaration of IPOB as a terrorist group by the appropriate authority, before leaving for New York.

He went further to explain that the Army did what they did, in order to ensure that things did not get out of hand in the South-East by IPOB achieving their aim of freedom actualization.