The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Ikeja branch on Wednesday condemned the Nigerian Army for declaring the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) as a terrorist group.
This was just as a human rights advocacy organisation, Access to Justice, also faulted the military over the declaration.
The NBA, which addressed a press conference on Wednesday, said it was illegal to tag IPOB as a terrorist group and urged the Federal Government to follow the laid down procedures of law in handling the issue of IPOB.
The Chairman of the association, Mr. Adesina Ogunlana, urged the government to have a rethink on the deployment of soldiers to the South-East.
Adesina said, “After a due consideration of the fairly veritable facts of the matter, the NBA Ikeja — for the records — state as follows:
“Freedom of association is the inalienable rights of all human beings, including citizens of Nigeria.
“The demand for a separate country or nation from Nigeria as presently constituted is legitimate and not criminal.
“The existence of Nigeria as one indissoluble component, in law cannot be made compulsory on citizens of Nigeria.
“All government in Nigeria at all levels are under legal and moral obligation even above citizens to obey the law of the land and all part of international law binding on her.
“The Nigerian military and the governors of the southeastern states, who have declared IPOB a terrorist organisation, are wrong.”