The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) currently led by Nnamdi Kanu is an association formed by some indigenous Ethnic groups that constituted what we knew as Biafra before the coming of the European colonialists.
The leader of Ipob, Nnamdi Kanu who has been illegally confined in prison by the Nigerian government since October 2015 despite court orders for his release is a United Kingdom-based political activist.
The struggle for the restoration of the sovereignty of the Republic of Biafra along the pre-colonial lines, consisting mainly of the South-East and South-South regions of Nigeria is what Ipob prides the most and seeks to achieve through peaceful demonstrations.
Ipob as an organization has maintained that the indigenous people of Biafra do not share any features or values with the other parts of Nigeria, making it impossible for the union to be productive.
As far as their struggle for sovereignty goes, Ipob has made every possible effort to remain very peaceful in the efforts made towards the restoration of Biafra. This is notwithstanding the harsh treatment meted out on the members by the Nigerian government and security officials.
Just like what is obtainable with most colonial outposts in Africa, the Federal Republic of Nigeria has not taken it lightly with Ipob as the organization was labeled illegal.
According to the Nigerian government, it is against the law to segregate from the Nigerian union which was formed by their colonial masters.
Several other organizations apart from Ipob have been formed in the struggle for freedom, self determination of the people of Biafra and the restoration of the land of Biafra as it was before the coming of the European colonialists who without the consent of the people, merged the colonies to form the country Nigeria.
A few of other associations with similar views as Ipob include the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), the Biafra Zionist Movement(BZM), the Lower Niger Congress (LNC).
Currently run by estranged Ipob leader Nnamdi Kanu who sees himself as a political prisoner, Radio Biafra which is also known as Voice of Biafra is a radio station originally founded by the government of the Republic of Biafra.
The radio station reportedly had its first transmission before the onset of the war that broke out between Nigeria and Biafra. The radio station was used in the broadcast of speeches and information by the late leader of the people of Biafra, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu to the citizens of the defunct Republic of Biafra
Based in the United Kingdom, Radio Biafra currently transmits through the internet and shortwave broadcast which targets mainly the eastern parts of Nigeria. The freedom of the people of Biafra is the main focus of the broadcasts.
Ipob – The Journey So Far
The peaceful struggles of the indigenous people of Biafra have been regrettably bedeviled by violence from the Nigerian government. Members of the organization have been killed, maimed and illegally arrested for making their voices heard.
In March 2016, Ipob staged a peaceful march in remembrance of fallen heroes of the Biafran struggle. The march however turned violent as protesters turned on security officials who were sent to monitor them, resulting in the deaths of two policemen and many ipob members, while several others were arrested in different parts of Nigeria.
All the opposition and lethal force notwithstanding, the indigenous people of Biafra have strongly refused to be intimidated into silence.