Tony Okafor, Awka
The Indigenous People of Biafra has pulled out of a move initiated by Prof. Ben Nwabueze to reconcile the group with the Ohanaeze Ndigbo and South-East governors.
In a statement made available to newsmen in Awka, the Anambra State capital on Thursday by IPOB’s media and publicity secretary, Emma Powerful, the group alleged that Igbo leaders had failed to take necessary steps to achieve the reconciliation.
The statement read in part, “Following the inability of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo and South-East governors to de-proscribe the activities of IPOB in line with the stated objectives of the Prof. Ben Nwabueze convened peace initiative, the leadership of IPOB hereby suspend, with immediate effect, any future contact or participation in meetings involving the Ohanaeze Ndigbo leadership or South-East governors.
“The ceasefire announced as a gesture of goodwill after the first Enugu meeting is now officially revoked with no hope of future reinstatement.
“Mindful of posterity and our deep respect for Prof. Nwabueze, who personally pleaded that we suspend all negative comments and verbal attacks against Ohaneze Ndigbo, we duly obliged by announcing a binding cessation of all hostilities against corrupt Igbo leaders despite the fact they knowingly and actively connived with Fulani overlords to kill IPOB activists and invaded the home of our leader with the intention to kill him out of petty jealousy over his popularity and acceptance by the people.
“That our leader and his parents are still missing is a direct consequence of the connivance of Igbo leaders with their Fulani masters to destroy the agitation for Biafra. IPOB toed this path of peaceful dialogue because of our deep respect for our more honourable and truthful elders whose wise counsel compelled us to give peace a chance.”
It added,” Under such circumstance, we felt the meeting had lost its purpose hence the need for us to pull out of any talks which consequently brought the entire process to an end.”
The secessionist group wondered why the South-East governors were reluctant to lift the proscription ban they first pronounced on IPOB before the Federal Government followed suit.
“We wish to thank Prof. Nwabueze immensely for all his efforts and to convey our deep appreciation, regard and respect for him,” it added.
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