The Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) has said that the sudden clamour for restructuring Nigeria as being championed by some persons and groups is but a ploy to scuttle the agitation for Biafra autonomy.
According to IPOB, those behind the call for restructuring are apprehensive over the momentum and global popularity gained by the Biafra agitation and resorted to restructuring apparently to make the agitators back down in the struggles.
IPOB, in a press statement by its Spokespersons, Emma Nmezu and Clifford Iroanya, however, vowed never to fall for the ploy, insisting that no restructured Nigeria can be as good as sovereign state of Biafra where citizens will no longer be subjected to servitude.
It said, “IPOB can categorically inform the world that the current slogan of ‘restructuring’ is as a result of the irreversible resolve of Biafrans to leave Nigeria.”
The pro-Biafra group said it would not sacrifice the struggles for self-rule on the altar of restructuring Nigeria, which cannot be guaranteed because of the indisposition of the cabal enjoying the lop-sidedness of the present structure.
IPOB said its major focus now is to conduct a successful referendum that would set the stage for the final exit of Biafra from Nigeria.
It hinted of its readiness to commence the sensitisation of people in the break-away republic on the proposed referendum.
Although it refused to disclose modalities for the referendum or when it would hold, IPOB expressed the confidence that the exercise would get an overwhelming ‘yes vote’.
IPOB vowed never to give up in the agitation for Biafra independence until the new republic is finally restored.