The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has urged Igbo people resident in the North to relocate to their homeland. He said this while reacting to a newly-released anti-Igbo song making rounds in most northern states.
Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar had condemned a song he said wished the people of Igbo ethnic group dead, warning that the country should not be allowed to slide into genocide like Rwanda.
Mr. Atiku in a statement released by his media office said the song currently circulating in some parts of Nigeria could trigger a major crisis as happened in Rwanda which led to the killing of hundreds of thousands of Rwandans.
The war was an inter-ethnic conflict between the Hutus and Tutsis, two major groups in the East African country in 1994, following the death of that country’s president in a plane crash.
However, Kanu, who gave the come-back-home advice while speaking with journalists in his country home, Afraukwu Umuahia in Abia state, said the song was only an action serving as an introduction to the October 1 quit notice by Arewa youths.
He described the anti-Igbo song as “evil, satanic and pre-genocidal,” and warned Igbo people in the North not to disregard the grave implications of the messages conveyed in the song, adding that the song was a further confirmation of the alleged plots to kill Igbo people living in the North.
Nnamdi Kanu said, “I am aware of an anti-Igbo song circulating now in the North. My reaction has been to warn our people in the North that the pogrom being hatched by our enemies will come. There is an impending doom for our people living in the North.
“So, the best they can do is to leave the North and come home so that we can have our Biafra and build an economy capable of assimilating and absorbing all their potential and creative abilities.”