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IPOB blasts South East Governors, Ohanaeze Ndigbo over ‘One Nigeria’

by on July 4, 2017
 
A day after South East governors, the lead­ership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo and other promi­nent leaders reaffirmed their faith in a united Nigeria, the Indigenous Peoples of Bia­fra (IPOB), has said that they acted alone.
In a reaction to the po­sition of the Igbo leaders on Monday, IPOB said that the governors, Ohanaeze, Na­tional Assembly members and traditional rulers, only spoke for themselves and members of their immedi­ate families.
Igbo leaders, including all the five governors from the South Eastern states, National Assembly mem­bers, religious leaders and other stakeholders from the zone met in Enugu on Satur­day night and opted to re­main in a united Nigeria as against IPOB’s quest for the region’s secession.
But yesterday, IPOB expressed disappointment over the position and ut­terances of the elders at the Enugu meeting, saying that they contradicted the wishes and aspirations of the teem­ing Igbo people.
The pro-Biafra group said that the leaders’ position did not reflect the will of the or­dinary people, but was only meant to protect their inter­ests and that of their immedi­ate families and cronies who have been the beneficiaries of the Igbo common patrimony.
In a statement issued by IPOB Media and Publici­ty Secretary, Emma Power­ful, the group wondered why the present crop of Igbo lead­ers lack the courage of former leaders like Dr. Michael Okpa­ra, Akanu Ibiam who put their lives on the line in pursuit of Igbo common cause.
He said: “We members of IPOB under the command and leadership of Mazi Nnam­di Kanu find it laughable and unwise for the so called polit­ical jobbers in Biafraland who claimed to be Igbo leaders and elite, would allow themselves to be intimidated by their fellow Hausa/Fulani counterparts in Arewaland.
The Arewa elders mandated the so-called Igbo elders and some politicians to disown Nnamdi Kanu and IPOB openly for their contracts and bags which they complied with, but we promise the Are­wa and their cohorts that they cannot intimidate IPOB under Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.”
“We wondered how the mighty are fallen at this pre­sent day generation because of greed, jealousy and envy plant­ed among us by those who were jittery over the popularity of our older generations; all these things coming from the so-called hired Igbo leaders today did not happen during the days of Chief M.I. Okpara, Chief Mbonu Ojike of the boycott of the boycottables; Dr. Akanu Ibiam, Dr. Nwafor Orizu, Prof. Kenneth Dike, Prof. Eni Njoku and Dr. K.O. Mbadiwe.”
“Honestly, we find it so ap­palling that some few individ­uals today will claim they are speaking for Igbo people to hold us to ransom while they don’t have the mandate to speak for the masses.”
“However, we advise the Hausa/Fulani not to rejoice that they have intimidated some Igbo leaders to submis­sion because of their inabili­ty to speak openly against the maltreatment of their people in this contraption called Ni­geria today”.
IPOB said that no amount of sabotage, betrayal or intimi­dation would make them drop the struggle for Biafra.
The group maintained its position on the forthcoming Anambra governorship elec­tion, saying that it would con­tinue to boycott elections in Bi­afraland until a referendum was conducted for Biafra exit.

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