Following the cancellation of IPOB’s one week sit-at-home order by its members, Dr Doyin Okupe, who is a former SSA to ex- president, Goodluck Jonathan, has reportedly submitted the group was not a terrorist organisation.
According to reports, Okupe stated that the decision of IPOB to cancel the one-week sit-at-home was indicative of the fact that it believed in the principle of justice, equity and self-determination, for its people.
Disclosing this in a statement, Okupe maintained that, “It was heartwarming to learn that IPOB cancelled the Sit-At-Home order, which would have put a lot of uncertainties on the Anambra State governorship elections.”
He added that, “This decision of IPOB is a very reasonable one coming from an organisation, whose major concern is justice, equity and self-determination for its people.”
He disclosed that, “It was in my own realisation of this fact that I made a call a few days ago that in the interest of peace in the South-East region, it is now time for the Federal Government, to open a window of opportunity for peaceful negotiation with Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and the IPOB.”
He stated that, “I wish to appeal to all peace-loving Nigerians to add their voices to persuade our government to show magnanimity and make this all-important move now! Peace talks and sincere negotiations can resolve in weeks, what violence, war and its attendant bloodshed may not achieve in several years.”
Okupe concluded that, “May God help and guide our leaders to lead us alright, in Jesus Name. Long live the federal Republic of Nigeria.”