The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has claimed the British Government is scared of the prospect of an independent Biafra.
The group said the United Kingdom as former colonial masters have opted to counter the report of the Amnesty International on the killing of many Biafra agitators.
The IPOB also said the recent verdict of the Federal High Court, Abuja which ruled that IPOB was not an unlawful organization should be enforced.
IPOB was reacting to a statement attributed to the Nigerian foreign minister, Mr. Geoffrey Onyema where he said that the agitation for a sovereign State of Biafra was unacceptable because it was detrimental to the peace, unity, stability and development of the Nigerian state.
A statement by IPOB spokespersons, Mr. Emma Mmezu and Dr. Clifford Iroanya, noted that the British government was only using the Nigerian foreign affairs ministry as a cover up, insisting that the Nigerian foreign minister was speaking for Britain.
Excerpts of the statement reads:
“It is hypocritical of the British government to support Nigerian government in violently suppressing the quest for Biafra self-determination when the same British government opted out of European Union.”
“This same British government allowed Scotland to conduct referendum without using B52 bombers to bomb the Scottish people. Why is it that the British government is so livid when it comes to the right of self-determination of the Biafran people?” Director of Radio Biafra and Leader, Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu”
“Also, the British government tried everything to resist the phasing-out of colonialism, but its resistance came to naught because colonialism was defeated even though the British played a trick on the world by giving the impression that Nigeria is no longer colonized whereas, in practice, Nigeria is still controlled and pillaged by the British government.”
“The latest gimmick of hiding behind Nigerian officials will not do any good to the British government because Biafrans can read in-between the lines to decipher when the British government is speaking through these Nigerian government officials.”
The group also said it was regrettable that the UK Government was collaborating with Nigeria to stifle freedom of expression.
“One incontrovertible fact the British government and their Nigerian collaborators must bear in mind is that the civilized world had determined that self-determination is an inalienable right and there is nothing anybody can do about it. Biafra is a must, whether the purveyors of iniquity in the name of keeping Nigeria one, like it or not.”