(By Christian K. Amadi)The declaration of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, IPOB, as a terrorist group by the Nigerian military on Friday because of the alleged threat of their activities to national security will now provide the impetus for mass arrests and military action against the group.
This observation was made by BBC, but the report indicated that “the Nigerian military might have underestimated the amount of support and sympathy IPOB has in the south-east of Nigeria and the problems their alienation could feed.
“It could open up a third frontier of active confrontation for the Nigerian forces, after Boko Haram in the north-east and the Niger Delta – neither of which have been successfully quelled by years of force.
“The Nigerian army does raise valid points about the manner in which IPOB carries itself – being confrontational to security forces and members of the public and even establishing its own police force, albeit not yet displaying ammunition”, BBC reports while agreeing that no country would take a threat to its national security lightly.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian military is yet to give any indication of carrying out mass arrests of IPOB members.