Ihuoma Chiedozie, Enugu
The Indigenous People of Biafra on Wednesday said it opposed the restructuring summit organised by Ohanaeze Ndigbo because the leaders of the pan-Igbo association conspired with the army to ‘eliminate’ Nnamdi Kanu.
IPOB has vowed to use any means, including violence, to stop the event, which is slated to hold in Awka, Anambra State, on May 21.
In a statement by its spokesman, Emma Powerful, where the group stated the reasons for its plan to stop the summit, IPOB equally claimed that leaders of Ohanaeze were using the planned event to advance their selfish interests at the expense of the masses.
IPOB said it was not against those who had a ‘legitimate’ conviction in restructuring as the solution to Nigeria’s problems, but in the same breath declared that ‘anybody who attends the Ohanaeze summit is an enemy of the people.’
The group said it would have no choice but to accept restructuring if, during a referendum, the majority of the people prefer it to secession from Nigeria.
“We, the global family of the Indigenous People of Biafra, feel the need to clarify why we are opposed to this particular Ohanaeze Ndigbo jamboree slated to be held in Awka on the 21st of May, 2018.
“Anybody or group that attends this event will be seen as an enemy of the people and a direct supporter of the Operation Python Dance which was instigated by the organisers of the said Ohanaeze Ndigbo Summit to eliminate Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and his family thereby leaving our land open to Fulani dominance in perpetuity.
“To associate with Nnia Nwodo’s summit is tantamount to an endorsement of mass murder of innocent agitators fighting for the freedom of everybody,” the statement said.
Reacting to the IPOB statement, the Deputy National Publicity Secretary of Ohanaeze, Mr. Chuks Ibegbu, told our correspondent that the association was not in any way involved in the conception and execution of Operation Python Dance.
He further pointed out that Ohanaeze, on several occasions, spoke out to condemn the operation, and wondered how the association could, at the same time, have a hand in Kanu’s alleged elimination.
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