The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has given the condition under which it will accept the proposed restructuring of Nigeria. The group said it will only accept restructuring if that was an outcome of a referendum in the old Eastern Region.
Apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, had on Wednesday observed that Biafra was not feasible, harping on the need for pro-Biafra groups to accept restructuring.
However, IPOB explained that its opposition to the summit was informed by the role played by Ohanaeze during the Operation Python Dance II by Nigerian soldiers which allegedly led to the killing of hundreds of innocent youths in the South-East.
A statement signed by the group’s spokesperson, Emma Powerful reads:
“We, the global family of the IPOB, feel the need to clarify why we are opposed to this particular Ohanaeze Ndigbo jamboree slated for May 21, 2018 at Awka.
“Anybody or group that attends this event will be seen as an enemy of the people and a direct supporter of Operation Python Dance 2 which was instigated by the organizers of the said Ohanaeze Ndigbo summit to eliminate Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and his family, thereby leaving our land open for perpetual dominance of invaders.
“To associate with Ohanaeze’s summit led by Nnia Nwodo is tantamount to an endorsement of mass murder of innocent agitators fighting for the freedom of everybody.
“IPOB is not against those that hold the legitimate view that restructuring will best address the myriad of problems afflicting the masses. We are firm believers in democracy, plurality of opinion and divergence of views, so if during a referendum a majority of the people vote to adopt restructuring as the preferred option to outright break from Nigeria, we would be bound by it.
“What we have issues with are traitors and collaborators using the cloak of restructuring to advance their personal political ambitions at the expense of the well- being of the suffering masses. Dr. Alex Ekwueme, Prof. Tunji Braithwaite, Pa Anthony Enahoro, Prof. Ben Nwabueze, Pa Ayo Adebanjo, Chief Mbazuluike Amechi, Admiral Ndubuisi Kanu and many more notable elder statesmen have been at the vanguard of restructuring for over 20 years.
“That Britain, USA and other influential nations are exerting pressure on rulers of Nigeria to agree to restructuring is due to the determination of the IPOB led agitation for Biafra. What Nnia Nwodo and others in Ohanaeze Ndigbo cunningly did was to seek the death of Nnamdi Kanu and those in IPOB that are responsible for shaking the fraudulent foundations of Nigeria to the point where restructuring has become inevitable so they can take over.”