The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed made the appeal in an article, entitled "Thwarting Terrorism in Nigeria", which appeared in the United States newspaper, "Washington Times" on Thursday.
The minister, in an October 12, 2017 article in the United States newspaper "Washington Times" asked Nigeria's worldwide partners to support the Federal Government to designate IPOB a terrorist group.
On 20th Sept 2017, the Federal Government of Nigeria proscribed IPOB, which has been violently agitating for a separate state in the South-East.
He urged global partners of Nigeria to proscribe the group "and in doing so, starve it of the funds which gives it sustenance".
"The terror lays bare their opportunism".
But in what appears renewed efforts to convince Nigeria's worldwide partners that the group is what the Nigerian government has tagged it, Mohammed listed in his article, actions he said, qualified the group as a terrorist organization. "They masquerade as a separatist movement, yet they endanger the very people they claim to represent.In reality, IPOB cares about IPOB and nothing more", he said.
The minister, who compared the group owned by Nnamdi Kanu to Boko Haram insurgency said Nigeria is fortunate to have defeated the terrorism in time.
He argued that IPOB was similar in its actions to groups like ETA in Spain, the Tamil Tigers was in Sri Lanka, and the PKK of Turkey all of which are proscribed by the U.S. State Department.
In his Thursday article, the minister said that the Nigerian administration will not make the same mistake it made by "allowing Boko Haram terrorists to invade its territory". "This one must not be given the chance to get a foothold", the Minister wrote.