The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu has been slammed by the Reformed Oodua Peoples Congress, OPC, for attacking former President Olusegun Obasanjo and a National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Bola Tinubu.
A statement by the group’s National President, Dare Adesope, described the IPOB leader as a man alien to respect for elders, warning that they will no longer sit back and watch Kanu insult Yoruba elders.
While stressing that the OPC supports the genuine aspirations of all self-determination groups who pursue their aims through non-violent means, the group, however, said it must not shy away from rebuking Nnamdi Kanu for the aspersions he has been casting in the direction of revered Yoruba leaders.
“The Nigerian constitution and several international charters, to which the country is a signatory to, recognise the right to freedom of association by anybody, whether individual, corporate or institutional,” the group said in a statement.
In the strongest possible terms, the group rebuked Kanu for repeatedly condemning former President Olusegun Obasanjo; former Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and others.
“The idea of respect for elders might be alien to Kanu and his ilk, but it is a fundamental part of the Yoruba culture and tradition and we cannot afford to overlook such transgressions,” the statement reads.
The OPC further warned Nnamdi Kanu and other such individuals who are fond of making careless comments in relation to Yoruba leaders that the group will “no longer sit back and allow such bunch of nonentities to disrespect our leaders or to use them to score cheap political scores.”
Meanwhile, during a solidarity visit by leaders of the Igbo Civil Society Coalition to Nnamdi Kanu in his Umuahia residence, the IPOB leader stated that he is simply a man ‘born to restore Biafra’ and not an elite.
While claiming that the government wanted to pay him off by offering him oil blocks and mansions in Dubai which he rejected, the IPOB leader said:
“They can’t buy us with money, if I can turn down oil block, turn down mansions in Dubai, what can they offer us?”
The IPOB leader also alleged that while in prison, the government had offered him Biafra with only five states; without Benue and Rivers state, but he rejected it because that did not constitute the complete Biafra. “I said no, I want Benue and Rivers,” Kanu stated.
He criticised the Igbo elite who are against Biafra, saying that they are against it for their own selfish interests and challenged them to show the Igbo masses what they have done for the Igbo land.
“They said everything has a price, I said Nnamdi Kanu has no price. All of you here know my wife, I sacrificed her for two years; so what can they offer me,” he said.
Reiterating that Biafra is not for war but for self-actualization, Kanu said: “We are not interested in violence, self-actualization is not violence. Biafra is coming; there is nothing that can stop it, no matter the level of intimidation and blackmail.”