THE Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has said the on-going agitation for the actualisation of Biafra as a country was beyond both President Muhammadu Buhari and others who pride themselves as fighting for the country’s unity between 1967 and 1970. It added that the indices were no longer the same.
IPOB said most people in the country no longer believe in Nigeria’s unity and asked those around Buhari to advise him properly since there was no longer any basis for such unity again.
In a statement signed by Emma Nmezu, media and publicity secretary, IPOB, the pro-Biafra group wondered why President Buhari advised Igbo youth corps members serving in Daura, his home town to ask the youths in their area to stop the struggle for Biafra because, according to him, it will not be a reality.
The group also raised an alarm over what it termed as federal government’s move to assassinate Nnamdi Kanu, its leader, inside the prison custody on October 1, during Nigeria’s 56th independent anniversary celebration. IPOB alleged the government in defiant of court orders which directed that Kanu be released from the prison custody unconditionally, embarked on several assassination attempts on the life of the IPOB leader.
It added that having failed to assassinate him on so many attempts; it now set October 1, date for his assassination. Nmezu said they were wondering why the federal government is abandoning its prosecution of Kanu and going for the option of his assassination. According to the statement, IPOB stated that President Buhari has disobeyed court orders on unconditional release of Kanu. “Is the government not sure of the ability of its legal team to make a strong case for the conviction of Kanu?
“Is government impatient with the rule of law to the extent that it now wants to take the laws into its hands and resort to extra-judicial killing which has always been its second nature? Even with his limited education and non-existent leadership training plus lack of updated skills in modern and democratic governance, Buhari should at least respect the constitution of the country he is claiming to be the president of.”
— Sep 26, 2016 @ 01:00 GMT