Posted by Ifeoma Eboh, Awka | 19 September 2017 | 2,063 times
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has declared that the Governors of the South East zone were rather creating insurmountable problems for themselves and the generations unborn by proscribing the activities of the group in the zone, adding that the South East governors do not have the capacity to stop Biafra ideology.
The Governors had at their meeting in Enugu last week, following the clashes between the Nigerian Army and IPOB members that led to the killing of some people, announced the proscription of the group’s activities.
In a statement made available to journalists in Awka, IPOB Director of Media and Publicity, Comrade Emma Powerful said that the Governors in their selfish way of thinking never queried why the masses were throwing weight behind Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and IPOB, and not them.
The statement reads: “Every right-thinking person must continue to ask South East governors why they allowed envy and jealousy to overwhelm them to the point of inviting an entirely foreign army full of Hausa-Fulani men to come to our land to kill us because they lost the masses to IPOB. Is it a crime that the overwhelming number of our people loves our leader and not these governors that serve only their selfish interest and that of their masters in the North that rigged them into power?
“The ranting of some of the Governors of South East zone, especially Willie Obiano and Okezie Ikpeazu to the effect that they will continue to kill innocent unarmed people fighting for their freedom in a peaceful manner, is meaningless to us.
“IPOB is not in the habit of attacking anybody or group of persons and will never do anything to bring harm to non-Biafrans residing in Biafraland. We are civilized people and not as blood thirsty as the Arewa North."
The group added that the South East Governors had lost the battle with IPOB under Kanu's leadership saying, “We remain conscious of the fact that mere envy and jealousy against the electrifying popularity of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu cannot and will not dent the restoration of Biafra, which the whole world is already aware of.
“It is instructive that miraculously, they have now found the courage to do their masters’ bidding of terrorising innocent unarmed IPOB family members. These Igbo Governors must know that their judgment is coming very soon and when it does, they will have no Hausa Fulani Army to call upon or bags of looted money to shield them from the anger of the masses.
“IPOB cannot and will not succumb to pressure resulting from intimidation, arrest and brutal murders going on now all over Abia, Anambra and Rivers states at the moment. In other words, we have gone too far ahead to be bothered by the sound of bullets, bombs and fighter jets waiting to rain bombs on us.
“Nobody can stop the agitation for Biafra freedom at this point in time; only a referendum can do that. We are putting our people and the entire world on notice that we are not relenting until this or any other Nigerian government gives us a date for referendum to decide whether we want to continue staying in this British-created contraption called Nigeria or not.
“Every family member of IPOB is advised to be patient because we are at the stage of last fight against the internal forces that had held us hostage for generations against our will.”
The group further accused the new Commissioner of Police in Abia State of trying very hard to please his masters by conducting himself in a manner that was clear to all that he was complementing the murderous scripts of the Nigerian Army and Igbo Governors as handed down to them by Abuja.
“It is on record that till date, no Police Commissioner or Governor in the South East or South South had dared to rise up against the fourth most deadly terrorist group in the world, which are the Fulani herdsmen.
“When Fulani herdsmen attacked Enugu, Anambra, Ebonyi and Abia States, none of the Police Commissioners in these various states or any of these Governors now supporting genocide against their people, ever uttered a word in opposition. The 82 Division of the Nigerian Army in Enugu, which is mere 13 kilometres from where Fulani herdsmen armed with sophisticated weaponry attacked innocent villagers, did not rise up to aid Enugu people.
“They did not storm the hideout or known settlements of Fulani herdsmen in Enugu. There was no stop and search of Fulani people. There were no arbitrary arrests of Fulani men. Fulani women were not carted off to be raped and dehumanised by Nigerian soldiers.
“Fulani leaders and Arewa North never rose up in condemnation of Fulani herdsmen. National newspapers did not carry anti-Fulani news items or articles. South East governors did not rise from an emergency meeting to label Fulani herdsmen a terrorist group or call for their activities to be proscribed,” Powerful said>
While noting that the Abia State Police Commissioner was merely struggling to be noticed and recognised as he appeared to be acting a script, IPOB alleged that one of the scripts given to him by his masters was to eliminate Kanu, his father, mother and entire family.
The statement further read: “Since the arrival of this CP in Umuahia Abia State capital, he has been making utterances devoid of common sense which is indicative of the mindset of those in Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) that sent him and the Hausa Fulani oligarchy who sponsored him during his educational carrier and recruitment into Police College.
“We must not stop to let the Police and Nigeria DHQ know that Biafra restoration project led by Mazi Nnamdi Kanu cannot be moved or deterred by any threats or killing of unarmed innocent civilian populations. We also want to let them understand that they don't have the power to declare the peaceful and nonviolent IPOB a terrorist organization and it is unfortunate that the Nigerian police and DHQ cannot differentiate between freedom fighting and terrorism.”
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