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Turkey Denies Supporting Biafra

The Embassy of the Republic of Turkey in Nigeria has said it was committed to the territorial integrity and political unity of the country.

It denied supporting the secessionist agitations in the country and further disowned a Turkish citizen, Abdülkadir Erkahraman, who has been drumming support for the Biafran agitation.

He has also posted videos online accusing President Buhari of committing genocide.

But the mission in a statement on Saturday said Erkahraman is not a Turkish diplomat or an official representative of the Turkish government.

Meanwhile the National President of Ijaw National Congress, the apex sociocultural umbrella body for the Ijaw people, Dr. Boma Obuoforibo, on Saturday said the use of force to silence agitating youths in the South Eastern part of the country would not bring about peace.

Obuoforibo said although the Ijaw people don’t support the call for secession, the IPOB members by their activities, had not degenerated to the point of being branded as a terrorist group.

He said, “The constitution only allows police to handle civil matters. The army’s primary responsibility is for external aggression except the situation has degenerated to a stage when the army is advised to come in. Sending the army to a civilian population is not allowed.”

The Ijaw Youth Congress also appealed to Buhari to retract the appellation of terrorists recently given to IPOB members.

The IYC maintained that the right to peaceful agitation or assembly or peaceful quest to self-determination did not amount to an act of terrorism.

Making reference to the Terrorism Prevention Act, 2011 as amended, the spokesman of the group, Mr. Henry Iyalla, said it was wrong of the Nigerian Army to tag IPOB members as terrorists without following the dictates of the Act.

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