The leadership of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, is not happy that they are being described as pro-Biafra group by the media, pointing out that they are Biafrans and not trying to be one.
A statement credited to IPOB Spokesmen, Emma Powerful, Mr. Emma Mmezu and Dr. Clifford Iroanya, indicates that Biafra existed before Nigeria came to being.
The statement said that Biafrans and Nigerians have nothing in common since they have different culture and religious beliefs.
The statement claimed that if Biafra is removed, there would be no Nigeria because it is the mainstay of the entity called Nigeria today.
He further said that their detained leader, Nnamdi Kanu, is aware of this fact and has sworn to die than to renege from fighting for the total emancipation of Biafra.
“We don’t hear (sic) the same language, we don’t eat the same food, we don’t have the same culture. In fact, if we come to their land to practise our culture and religion, we will be beheaded.
“Their women wear hijab, and Biafran women don’t, and on the point that our women don’t wear hijab and we don’t practice the same religion, they will see us as infidels and then we will be beheaded. We are 100 per cent Christians.
This people are Muslims who see killing as a culture.
“In Biafra where we originated, it will be hard for our people to kill a human being, because in our language, human beings are called mmadu, which in English Language means the beauty of life. Now you can see it will never work, the only solution is Biafra.
“Our leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, further stated that there is no regret in his dictionary, adding that he is ready to spend a thousand years in the prison.“
He also said and will continue to say that, it is either the flag of Biafra is raised up, or he is lowered in the grave.
While being strong for the pursuit of the restoration of Gods nation, he wants the IPOB members worldwide to be strong.
He also said that “Pro-Biafra” means supporters of Biafra, we are Biafrans, so we can’t be supporters of Biafra.
“We are not trying to secede from Nigeria. We are older than Nigeria. You can only talk about seceding if Biafrans are the ones that colonized Nigeria. But we are older than that contraption. So we can’t secede rather we just want to go back the way we were before the British came. It is Biafra or nothing, Nigerians knows that,” the statement declares.
Highlighting the need for Biafra’s separation and self-government, the statement frowned at the way Biafrans are being killed in various parts of Nigeria, especially the recent massacre in a community in Enugu State and the mass slaughter that took place on May 29 and 30, 2016 at Onitsha, during the 49th anniversary of the Biafra declaration.
“During the events in commemoration of the 46 years since the end of the war in Biafra, for the umpteenth time civilians members of IPOB were massacred between 29 and 30 May in Onitsha, in Anambra State by the Nigerian military which opened fire at the protesters. The number of deaths is uncertain, since the army has removed several bodies and seized the wounded.
According to Amnesty International, at least more than 40 were killed and more than 50 were wounded. “Opening fire on peaceful members of IPOB and the spectators, who clearly did not represent any threat, is an outrageous use of unnecessary and excessive force that resulted in multiple deaths and injuries.
In one incident, a person was killed after the Nigerian authorities shot him while he was sleeping,” said M.K. Ibrahim, Director of Amnesty International Nigeria.