IPOB has justified the agitation for the Biafra state on the grounds that it can no longer feign ignorance of the deep seated hatred of Igbos in the heart of the president.
The group in a statement of Monday, May 23, faulted the call by Northern groups demanding that Biafra secessionist groups be treated as Boko Haram, Daily Post reports
The group’s spokespersons, Barr. Emma Mmezu and Dr. Clifford Iroanya, said the demand by the northerners was similar to the ember of hatred that prepared the ground for the violence in which hundreds of thousands of Easterners mostly women and children, were systematically slaughtered all over Northern Nigeria shortly before the civil war.
The group said: Another faceless group, Northern consensus movement, which claims to be a coalition of northern groups, even though only president Buhari’s Miyetti Allah turned out the only recognizable group among obviously fake others, alleged that hundreds of Northerners are being killed in the south east, and went on to advice the F.G. to treat IPOB the way F.G. treated Boko Haram.
“It is instructive, that the entire South-West based media houses have never noted any attacks on Northerners in the South East. It is also surprising that these false allegations are coming only from President Buhari’s own organization, Miyetti Allah.
“It is also quite interesting to note that no Nigerian have heard of any attack of Northerners in the South east, except this strange coalition. They did not give date, instance or town in the South east where in their own words ‘hundreds of innocent law abiding citizens of northern extraction living in south eastern part have been killed in cold blood, with their businesses and properties destroyed’.
IPOB accused the Department of State Services (DSS) and the federal government of setting the stage for the genocide by accusing the east falsely of murders in order to justify their pre-arranged agenda of against the Ndigbo.
It said: This systematic agenda of heaping false allegations in order to levy war on IPOB have been ongoing for months now.
“We recall the strange allegation of killing and burying 5 Fulani in Abia forest, the grave site, which the DSS have vehemently refused to show media men, till date.
“Next were DSS sponsored characters, Sampson Babalola and Stephen Onwu with their non-existent groups.
“Now it is a fake coalition packaged by Miyetti Allah, prodding F.G. to levy war against Eastern Nigeria. From the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaketh.”
It accused the north of sponsoring faceless groups who leveled baseless accusations against the easterners to set the agenda for the federal government to conquer Eastern Nigerians by military might.
Justifying the agitation for the Biafra state, the group said: “Those who could not see reasons, why we want out of this hell called Nigeria, clearly can no longer feign ignorance of the deep seated hatred in the heart of the President, who is venting his frustrations over his inability to address the national economic challenges that are clearly beyond him, on unarmed, peaceful agitations, whose only crime is their prayer for freedom from a hellish prison, where they have no future.
“As the clock ticks towards Armageddon, IPOB worldwide are convinced more than ever that our freedom has become inevitable.
“Resorting to manufacturing false allegation on Eastern region, in order to justify the mindless oppression, is a sure sign of cluelessness. Time is clearly running out.”
Meanwhile, following the steady decline of the naira largely blamed on the fall of the price of crude oil, the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) has threatened to start issuing the Biafran currency in Igboland.
The Sun reports that Mr Martins Ezeaka who is the Anambra north director of finance of MASSOB said in Onitsha state that the depreciation of the naira may necessitate the reintroduce the Biafran currency for the people of the south east to use in financial transaction like it did in the past.