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Monday, 18 September 2017

Saraki Says IPOB Ban Is Unconstitutional

Senate President Bukola Saraki says the categorisation of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) as a terrorist organisation by the defence headquarters and proscription of the group by south-east governors did not follow due process.






The military and governors from the south-east moved against IPOB on Friday.

In a statement on Monday, Saraki said due processes must be followed in accordance with the law before such declaration can have effect.

The senate president expressed hope that President Muhammadu Buhari would initiate the right process for declaring IPOB a terrorist group, saying this would demonstrate to the world at large that “we are a country that operates by laid down process”.

“I also wish to state that the announcement of the proscription of the group known as Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) by governors of the south-east states and the categorisation of the group as a terrorist organisation by the Nigerian military is unconstitutional and did not follow due process,” the statement read.

“Our laws make clear provisions for taking such actions and without the due process being followed, such declaration cannot have effect.”

Appealing for calm and Nigerians, Saraki called on all Nigerians to come together and find the right solution to the problem rather than worsening the crisis.

“Our brothers and sisters in the south-east, in particular, should continue to maintain peace and tranquillity and go about their lawful business. This crisis will not benefit anybody but would only expose innocent people to unwarranted danger,” it read.

“At this point, Nigerians outside the south-east who have worked to ensure that the crisis does not spread to other parts of the country deserve our commendation. I, therefore, call for continued efforts to sustain peace, unity and stability in all our communities so as to ensure that all residents, no matter their religion, tribe and creed remain protected and safe under the law.

“We must commend the military for their efforts in restoring peace to different parts of the country and sustaining the unity of the country.

“However, in the face of provocation, the military should allow themselves to be guided by their training which emphasises respect for human rights, even in war. Also, giving the nature of this particular situation, the military has every reason to be hesitant in the use of force.”

He said the army should not be over-stretched as there is need to protect the military “against dissipation of their fighting strength”.

The nation’s number three citizen also revealed the plan of the national assembly to embark on a “fact-finding mission” to the south-east.

“I want to also make it clear that the national assembly intends to embark on a fact-finding investigation aimed at determining what actually happened during the period of the military exercise in the south-east. We want to be able to sift the facts from the fiction and determine who did what. It is quite clear that all the facts are not yet known. We assure Nigerians that there will be no cover up. We intend to lay the facts bare.

“We want to remind Nigerians that the reason for embarking on constitution review by the national assembly was to enable us look into issues that are agitating the minds of Nigerians and creating tension among us. We have promised that the exercise would be continuous.

“We intend to keep that promise by further taking decisions that would strengthen and improve on our structures. The eighth national assembly, on resumption, will play its constitutional role by addressing all those issues that are agitating the minds of our people and over which they feel so strong.”

from Thecable

39 comments:

Miss Ess said...

Hmmmm.....some sense though on that

Shirley said...

May be if the whole of aba was destroy that would have been the right time.mutcheeew

Anonymous said...

Shame on Buhari, Buratai and the so called Nigerian military for attacking unarmed civilians with military tanks and AK47s. May their families feel the pain of losing their loved ones just like those Biafran mothers.

Stella Onyinye said...

He said some raw truth, in as much I don't support that ipob but we should take the law into our hands too

Push up said...

Exactly what I said today, only a real lawyer would know, it's not even the place of the military to declare it a terrorist group the government is meant to do that

Anonymous said...

SarAtiku has spoken!

DON™ said...

He's playing to the gallery.

Blackberry said...

Funny enough, they won't do anything tangible about it, all talk.
Anonymous worshippers, over to u.

Anonymous said...

The Senate President is positioning for 2019 and looking for sympathy votes, Mtscheeww

The constitution places the onus squarely on the Attorney General of the Federation, who will approach a Judge to make such declaration and once the Judges agrees, the proscription is published in the national gazette.

Has Saraki confirmed that the above was not done? The constitution did not place any requirement for the legislature to be consulted before such declaration is pursued or made.

Now that he knows the constitution, he should tell us where in the constitution that makes the budget, earnings and allowances of National Assembly members a secret that Nigerians cannot know. Mtscheew

Anonymous said...

So he is going to square up to his mentor Atiku in 2019?
Why not find another reason for your cynicism?

THELMA'S CAKE WORLD said...

Is saraki supporting this ipob rubbish ni?

Anonymous said...

Useless man... The constitution was rightly followed..

Stop misleading people because of 2019..

You and Dino won't come back to the house..

Anonymous said...

@Don. I have been taking note of your comments. I think you're a very intelligent guy.

Gbogbo bigz girlz said...

You get sense.

DON™ said...

Thank you Annon, I take that as a compliment.

Anonymous said...

I am Igbo and will not vote for you. People wishing igbos death. Gather your ilorin youths to fight federal government.

Anonymous said...

Leave Eastern governors, we don't want to have internal displaced persons. Take your constitution to Ilorim. Is it constitutional for you and few others at the senate to sqainder more than 30m individually monthly.

DON™ said...

👊

DON™ said...

Playing with Ndi Igbo mind.

lami said...

Speaking from the two sides of his mouth.saraki and Co are the real problem of Nigeria

Anonymous said...

On this I think Don is right.

Anonymous said...

Your head dey there.

Anonymous said...

All these politricksters. Mtcheew

Anonymous said...

Who are wishing Igbos death? Na wa ooo. Abeg my Edo people make una no follow Biafra anything.

Anonymous said...

👏👏👏

Anonymous said...

Exactly

Yemi7up said...

What step did the Senate take before he got to this level or was the Senate not aware of their threats every now and then,so much more he threatened to stop a state election and it is not a terrorist group. A sensible government will not wait for people that are on break before taking decision to save the nation from doom.

Anonymous said...

Biafra has 6 letters. Nigeria has 7 letters.
Nigerian civil war was 1967. Buhari has 6
letters and Ojukwu also has 6 letters. Obama has 6 letters. Nigeria has 36n
states. There are 3 markets around my area.

We have 2 eateries close to my house. By the time you realize that this has no
meaning, it's already too late for you, and you can't do me anything.I just wasted your time,
I'm not even at home so you won't even see me to beat me.!😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😠😂

Yemi7up said...

Oya atewo komaro ,owo,owo. You blessed,you understand his cunning ways.

Anonymous said...

Don keep hyping urself under anonymous mode. Ode.

Anonymous said...

Playing with their minds, with a secret motive for the annihilation of the igbos before ipob is proscribed.

He should get lost joor.

Anonymous said...

Hahahahaha.craze person.

Anonymous said...

I'm in luv with the Senate president for this comment. Bukola! We luv you for this! Go and sin no more! Henceforth we are now friends!

Baba Jarida said...

The sense is that the proscription should follow due process.

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Baghera said...

Abeg Don no vex o. Whether I'm dey play to the gally abi gallery Wetin him talk na true abi na lie? Na just the question way I want make u answer.

Baghera said...

Wetin him talk na true or not? And remember the army chief don talk say Dem no declear Dem simply pronounce. Lol. So I ask again Wetin him, saraki talk na true.

Baghera said...

How the process take dey followed Abeg my brother? And how u go take call people way never fire one shot, detonate one bomb, kidnap one person for their fight for self governance as terrorists? Abeg make we fear God o

Baghera said...

Lol. I swear u dey smoke igbo. Nice one!

Anonymous said...

Anon 00:38 Don did not make that comment. We must not all agree with you.

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