In the recent statements, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) repeated that youths from the eastern region don’t want to remain nationals of Nigeria. They are adding that “abducting Nnamdi Kanu from Kenya to Nigeria has completely shown that Nigeria definitely with clear evidence want their economy to be in shambles and comatose”.
It said the political class from both the southeast and the south-south must accept that there is no way to go against Biafra’s actualization. The separatist group also said that as an institution, it could listen to the advice of Igbo leaders if it benefited its members, but added that no one could influence its decision as a group.
IPOB made these disclosures in response to a statement attributed to former Anambra governor Dr Chukwuemeka Ezeife, who said the group’s planned sit-in protest hurt the southeast. The group’s spokeswoman, Emma Power, said in a statement Tuesday.
On Monday, Ezeife said, “What do we (eastern region ed.) achieve by staying at home? What do we achieve by making the South-East less secure? Who bears the brunt of it? Who suffers for it? Such actions will make investors avoid the South-East. This can make the unemployment situation get worse. So what do we achieve with all these? I should appeal to IPOB not to carry out their threats. It is not in our interest as it doesn’t help in any way.”
Responding to Ezeife’s statement, IPOB said. “Former Governor Chukwuemeka Ezeife has the right to say his opinion but has no right to direct IPOB. IPOB is an institution that provides guidelines for its members. Ezeife or any other body can suggest if IPOB likes their suggestions, we take it, but if we don’t like it we leave it.”
The secessionist group said the abduction and extradition of its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, by the Nigerian government have revealed the leaders want the country’s economy in disarray, and it would help get it done. “Abducting Nnamdi Kanu from Kenya to Nigeria has completely shown that Nigeria definitely with clear evidence want their economy to be in shambles and comatose. IPOB will help them bring the economy into ruin and down unless they release our leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. We are entitled to whatever we’re doing.”
“The only thing we want is the release of Nnamdi Kanu and give us a date for a referendum for Biafra to ascertain our fate whether to continue to stay in Nigeria or not. We are sure that every indigenous nationality and tribe in Nigeria wants to opt out of this evil cage British lumped us in since 1914. We are tired of this contraption called Nigeria and continue keeping us in the hell hole will continue to bring Nigeria into disaster and economical quagmire.”
“Therefore, we are calling on global leaders to prevail on Nigeria Government and her partners in crime and Fulani cabals running the country to leave us. We are no longer interested in the country, and its government and they must provide a date for a referendum because it won’t give them a good opportunity to manipulate Biafrans, and they must continue to force Biafrans to stay in Nigeria.”
“We have made up our minds that we can’t continue staying in Nigeria. This is the point we are making, and also, this is what our leaders in the South-East and South-South fail to understand that the youths are no longer interested in cattle rearing and terrorist country called Nigeria,” the statement read.