President Muhammadu Buhari has accused the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, of stockpiling weapons across Nigeria.
Buhari, who spoke through his mouthpiece, Garba Shehu, said IPOB members killed security agents and set government facilities in the Southeast ablaze.
He stated this in response to claims by the Amnesty International on human rights violation in the Southeast.
Shehu, in a statement issued on Wednesday, lamented that Amnesty International was defending IPOB which is a terrorist group.
He accused Amnesty International of backing a terrorist organisation against victims of IPOB.
The statement titled: “Why Amnesty entreaties should be ignored”, reads partly: “Amnesty International’s latest salvo at Nigeria is but more of the same.
“Again, they have decided to side with terrorists, before the liberty of those they injure, displace and murder.
“Parroting the line of Nnamdi Kanu and IPOB, a proscribed terror organisation, they work to legitimise its cause to Western audiences.
“This puts them in bad company. IPOB murder Nigerian citizens. They kill police officers and military personnel and set government property on fire.
“Now, they have amassed a substantial stockpile of weapons and bombs across the country.
“Were this group in a western country, you would not expect to hear Amnesty’s full-throated defence of their actions.”
IPOB’s call for the breakup of Nigeria had led to some members of the group allegedly resorting to civil disobedience.
Lately, attacks on security agents and facilities in the Southeast has been linked to IPOB and its militia arm, the Eastern Security Network, ESN.
Despite the connection, IPOB had severally denied any claims of its members attacking security agents and facilities in the Southeast.
IPOB had insisted that its members rely on peaceful approach in the push for Biafra.