The Indigenous People of Biafra has said that unconditional de-proscription of the group as a terrorist organization is one of its terms for peace with the Federal Government and South-East G-overnors.
This was revealed yesterday when the group met with the Igbo socio-cultural association, Ohanaeze Ndigbo and leadership of the Prof Ben Nwabueze-led Igbo Leaders of Thought.
IPOB also demanded an end to all criminal prosecutions of their members arrested in various parts of the country over their self-determination agitation as well as the recognition of rights of individuals as contained in the Nigerian constitution; also sought compensation for all IPOB members killed during the last Operation Python Dance in the southeast and the prosecution of security men that murdered them.
Prof. Nwabueze, a Constitutional lawyer, while briefing newsmen after the meeting, noted that the de-proscription of the organization as a terrorist group was vital among other demands presented at the meeting.
He explained that the Igbo leaders of the Thought and Ohanaeze leadership have agreed in principle to do all within their power to ensure that the organization was de-proscribed.
He said: “This is what we told the IPOB members who attended the meeting in their number and made several demands. We will surely continue our discussions with them. That is why we are involving the governors of the zone and calling for another meeting in Enugu on August 8 to enable continue. We had met some days ago in Enugu with the leadership of IPOB and that was where we agreed for a ceasefire on attacks on Ohanaeze leadership and the rest of the country. I am happy to report that they have abided by the terms of that agreement and are willing to discuss further.”
Leaders of Jewish worshippers among others present at the meeting agreed at the end that Ndigbo were not interested in producing a president for the country in its present political structure; stressing that for the country to be effectively governed, there is need for quick restructuring.
Note leaders at the meeting were Ohanaeze President General, Chief Nnia Nwodo and Bishop Emeritus, Rt Revd Maxwell Anikwenwa among others.