The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, on Monday lashed out at President Muhammadu Buhari for supporting an autonomy for Palestine while opposing the realisation of Biafran republic at home.
IPOB however said that even the colonial masters denied Nigeria independence initially but later succumbed to the wishes of the people, pointing out that it was optimistic that the realisation of Biafra was a matter of time.
In a statement signed by IPOB’s Spokesman, Emma Powerful, the group acknowledge that although Buhari was under serious pressure over Biafra, he appeared confused about the reasons why Igbo wanted to leave Nigeria.
According to IPOB, “Buhari made a speech in the United Nations that small nations should be granted autonomy and that Palestine should be created out of Israel but back home in Nigeria, he ordered the killing of unarmed civilians and members of IPOB who were using peaceful means to ask for their freedom.”
The statement read in part, “It is unfortunate that Mr President is still confused about the reasons for the struggle for Biafra and has continued to deceive the general public about the whole thing.
“The statement credited to him in far- away United States of America, USA, proves that he is undergoing serious pressure about Biafra.
“Meanwhile, IPOB members and Biafrans worldwide are not deterred about the statement made by Buhari because Biafra has come to stay whether referendum or not.
“IPOB would want to know whether Buhari would go against a resolution for a referendum on Biafra if the United Nations approved it.
“The people of former Eastern Region declared Biafra republic in 1967 and fought a war for the new republic through their leaders including Chief Emeka Odumegwu Ojukwu and Philip Effiong.
They never expected a referendum before the declaration of Biafra but they… fought the war without looking backwards. “Also, the president is jittery over the popularity of Biafra internationally and he cannot stop it because Biafra is the will of the people in the whole South- South and South East of Nigeria.
“In similar situations, around the world a president who is clueless on such matters like this always make such statement because he wouldn’t want the citizens to blame him. It happened during the colonial masters in Nigeria but they later succumbed to the pressures.”
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