- The IPOB have lashed out at President Muhammadu Buhari for backing Palestine autonomy while opposing Biafra independence
- The group claim that althought Buhari is under pressure over Biafra, he is still confused about the reasons why Igbo want to leave Nigeria
"IPOB would want to know whether Buhari would go against a resolution for a referendum on Biafra if the United Nations approved it."
As a follow-up to their previous statement the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has issued one more message to President Muhammadu Buhari concerning his position on the referendum for Biafra independence and hypocritical support of autonomy for Palestine.
The statement signed by Emma Powerful, the IPOB’s spokesman, reads in part: "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.
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."
Recall that on Monday, September 26, Justice John Tsoho of the Federal High Court in Abuja has disqualified himself from presiding over the trial of Mr. Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the IPOB.
Interestingly, the previous judge, Justice A. R. Mohammed, also distanced himself from the case in a bench ruling he delivered on December 23, 2015.
Kanu who has been in detention since October 14 last year is answering to a six-count treason charge alongside two other pro-Biafra agitators, David Nwawusi and Benjamin Madubugwu.