The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has said it is to Nigeria’s benefit that some Igbo elders are asking President Muhammadu Buhari for the unconditional release of its detained leader, Nnamdi Kanu.
The group slammed all the Northern groups that have spoken against the plea by the Igbo stakeholders that the Presidency should let Kanu regain his freedom.
IPOB said the Northern groups have only displayed their self-centeredness and ignorance, adding that it has confirmed the reason it (IPOB) has been seeking to have the South-East break away from Nigeria.
It, then, warned that the groups should desist from insulting South-East leaders.
IPOB stated this in a statement by its media and publicity secretary, Emma Powerful, obtained by SaharaReporters on Friday.
The statement described the antagonism as, “shameful display of stupidity and arrogance by Fulani- controlled pro-Northern associations under the auspices of Northern Consensus Movement (NCM) where they voiced their opposition to the visit of elder statesman Chief Mbazuruike Amaechi, and other respected credible Igbo leaders to the Presidency to ask for the unconditional release of our Leader.”
It said further, “The ranting by these groups are not only disgusting but provocative, and one of the very reasons we agitate for self-determination. How can we continue to belong to the same country with people who are self-centred and don’t reason objectively?
“We don’t want to dignify these inconsequential groups but we just want the world to note that these were the same charlatans responsible for the killing of Biafrans living in the North even before the civil war.”
It blamed them for further attacks on the Igbo people in Northern Nigeria.
It continued, “They are still the masterminds of unprovoked and senseless attacks on Biafrans living in the North up till date. They want to keep us together in this bondage so they can continue in their genocidal attacks against us but it’s too late.
“We are warning these Northern attack dogs to stop disparaging Igbo elders, traditional rulers and respected Bishops who made out time to meet the President in Abuja for a peaceful resolution of the debacle. These are the real enemies of Nigeria who don’t want peace to prevail because of their selfish interests.”
Nnamdi Kanu-led group said, “The Igbo elders and traditional rulers were doing Nigeria good by telling Buhari to release Nnamdi Kanu.
“We believe much in what we are pursuing and their ranting cannot afford to move us in our resolve to get Biafra.
“It is quite appalling and unfortunate that these attention seekers are showcasing their stupidity and ignorance to the world by coming out openly to rant in the very manner they did.
“They should stop pretending that they don’t see the handwriting on the wall against the Nigeria government and its security apparatus for the extraordinary rendition of Nnamdi Kanu from Kenya.”
IPOB called these Northern groups hypocritical for not speaking against many attacks by terrorists against Christians in the North, also for keeping mute while an Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi went about negotiating on behalf of bandits.
“Where were these shameless hypocrites when the suicide bomber, Kabiru Sokoto behind the December 2011 Christmas Day bombing of St. Theresa Catholic Church, Madalla, near Abuja that claimed scores of Christian worshipers was released from prison by Buhari?
“Where are these elements without conscience as the federal government has continued not only to release but absorb into the security apparatus of Nigeria, thousands of captured terrorists and Fulani bandits responsible for the daily senseless killings of innocent Nigerians including security operatives?
“Why are these ethnic bigots getting agitated and unsettled because Nnamdi Kanu who committed no crime to ask for a referendum for the freedom of his people is involved?
“Where were these hypocrites when Sheikh Ahmed Gumi was and still negotiating with Fulani bandits and midwifing the release of their victims after billions of Naira and hard currencies were paid as ransom?
“Why will any upright and fair mortal who reasons like a human being ever oppose the unconditional release of innocent freedom seeker like Nnamdi Kanu in a country where mass murderers are daily granted amnesty and state pardon?
“Let these pretenders know that there is time for everything. The Fulani will not continue to call the shots in Nigeria. Kingdoms rise and fall. Tyranny doesn’t last for too long as many tyrants have since gone the way of all flesh,” IPOB added.