In response to the statement made by President Buhari while speaking during an interview with Martine Dennis of Al Jazeera in Qatar, stating that “Nigeria won’t tolerate Biafra”, Emma Mmezu and Dr. Clifford Iroanya, the spokespersons of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), yesterday reacted to his words in a counter statement titled “Response to Ohanaeze and Buhari’s disparaging remarks about Biafra on Al Jazeera”.
According to the statement;
We wish to reiterate for record purposes that our leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has not mandated Ohanaeze or any youth group to negotiate for his release.
The agitation for Biafra is a long and arduous process and the entire IPOB family all over the world understands this approach as espoused by our detained leader.
We have not come to merely agitate, we have come to restore or die in the process. Some people think we are joking or can be easily dissuaded from this divine path that God-Chukwu Okike Abiama has mandated us to follow.
Any negotiation on Biafra must be led by Nnamdi Kanu and nobody else. If roads, bridges and a few junior staff at Aso Rock are our problems as Biafrans, then IPOB worldwide can fund such infrastructural development alone and very soon, we shall do it. Our quest is Biafra- nothing more, nothing less.
On the issue of Buhari’s Aljazeera interview on Biafra, we welcome his comments because Biafra would not also tolerate Nigeria. Lord Lugard created Nigeria not Chukwu Okike Abiama, God Almighty. So, like USSR, it will collapse. We, the IPOB Worldwide have decided not to go back on the quest for restoration of Biafra. Nigeria is not bigger than USSR just as Buhari is not stronger than Michael Gobachev. Buhari can kill Biafrans as he did during the 1967 to 1970 civil war, but this time, it will not be the same.
The Independent Republic of Biafra was first declared in 1967, bringing about a civil war which eventually resulted in the death of millions and the re-joining of the Biafran republic to Nigeria in 1970.
Following the recent agitation for the Rebublic of Biafra, the present administration has bluntly refused to heed to the call for secession maintaining that the separation of Biafrans and and its territories is anti-constitutional.