Thursday, 21 September 2017

IPOB is a terrorist organisation, Fulani herdsmen are a criminal gang – Garba Shehu

Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari has said while the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) is a terrorist organization, fulani herdsmen cannot be defined as such.

He said this in an interview with Channels TV’s “Sunrise Daily.”

He was asked why IPOB was speedily dealt with, while the herdsmen who have been killing farmers across the country have not been declared a terrorist organization.

Garba Shehu said the activities of IPOB were within the territory of what a terrorist organization is, while the herdsmen are merely a criminal gang.

He said: "There is a difference between a criminal activity and a terrorist activity. Yes, some Fulani herdsmen are a criminal gang and they are being dealt with according to the law."

“But IPOB like Boko Haram has a territory they have carved out to themselves …as a sovereign state of its own…. They have shown the willingness to invade other neighbouring states. They have raised concerns in neighbouring Kogi and Benue states. They have said they are interested in taking over Bayelsa and Rivers. That is exactly what Boko Haram has done. This is not acceptable to the law of the country.”

Watch the video below:

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