The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has vehemently rejected the renouncement of Biafra as a condition being proposed by the Movement for the Emancipation of Niger Delta (MEND) for the release of its detained leader, Nnamdi Kanu during the alleged negotiation between MEND and the Federal Government.
MEND had last week said it had made far-reaching agreements and concessions with the Federal Government on ending the renewed militancy in the Niger Delta region part of which was the conditional release of Kanu on the grounds that he would renounce Biafra.
But IPOB in a swift reaction said MEND never sought its mandate before entering into such negotiations, insisting that Kanu can never under any terms renounce Biafra.
A statement issued on Thursday by IPOB’s Media and Publicity Officer, Emma Powerful, dismissed the alleged truce between MEND and the Federal Government as a jamboree.
“We condemn the Kangaroo and concocted agreements between the Federal Government and the leadership of MEND”, IPOB said.
The statement said IPOB under Mazi Nnamdi Kanu did not send MEND to negotiate for the release of its leader and other detained members of the pro- Biafra group.
Insisting on the unconditional release of Kanu and all detained Biafran agitators, IPOB said Biafra’s autonomy is non-negotiable because, according to him, ‘this is God’s project which no human being can stop because it is a spirit that hovers around’.
It said, “IPOB worldwide and the people of Biafra can never accept any little conditional attachment towards the release of our leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and other members detained alongside with him because he did not commit any crime.