The Federal Government has said it will not negotiate with terrorist groups like the Independent People of Biafra (IPOB). This is despite the fact that the Buhari led government has negotiated with Boko Haram previously.
A senior official of the justice department said to The Nation newspaper, under anonymity that the prospects of the Buhari administration entering into dialogue with IPOB were slim to none.
“The proscription order was gazetted by the Federal Government on Thursday. So, there is no going back on our position that the organisation remains illegal.
“Whether IPOB is registered abroad or anywhere is immaterial. The most important thing we have achieved is that the terrorist group can no longer operate in this country.
“The gazette is the climax of the presidential proclamation and the decision of the court on it.
“Any Nigerian or group associating with IPOB is doing so at a greater risk.”
“No government will relate with a terrorist organisation. Certainly, any talk of dialogue is remote.”