The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Buratai,
on Monday evening denied that the Defence
Headquarters declared the Indigenous People of
Biafra (IPOB) a terrorist organization.
Speaking during the official launch of Operation
Python Dance II in Abakaliki, Buratai insisted that
what the Defence Headquarters did was a
pronouncement on IPOB.
The Army Chief added that the statement of the
military gave room for the right steps to be taken
on the matter
According to Buratai, the action of the Federal
government concerning IPOB was right and that
the military did not over step its bound towards
the protection of lives and properties in the
“You have to get it very clear. First of all, what the
Defence Headquarters did was to make
pronouncement. It wasn’t a declaration per se.
But this has given room for the right step to be
taken. I think the government is doing the right
“It is not that we are overstepping our bounds.
We are still within the limits. And I ensure you that
what the military said was to set the ball rolling
and to bring the awareness to the public that this
is what this organization is all about. I’m happy
that the government has done the right thing right
now,” he said.