The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has reacted to the statement credited to President Muhammadu Buhari where he said that Nigeria would not tolerate Biafra.
The separatists noted, via a statement released this weekend, that they would also not tolerate Nigeria.
According to their spokespersons, Emma Mmezu and Dr Clifford Iroanya who spoke for the organisation via a statement ‘Response to Ohanaeze and Buhari’s disparaging remarks about Biafra on Al Jazeera,’ the protesters are also not ready to tolerate the country.
“We wish to reiterate for record purposes that our leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has not mandated Ohanaeze or any youth group to negotiate for his release.
“The agitation for Biafra is a long and arduous process and the entire IPOB family all over the world understands this approach as espoused by our detained leader.
“We have not come to merely agitate, we have come to restore or die in the process. Some people think we are joking or can be easily dissuaded from this divine path that God-Chukwu Okike Abhiama has mandated us to follow.
“Any negotiation on Biafra must be led by Nnamdi Kanu and nobody else. If roads, bridges and a few junior staff at Aso Rock are our problems as Biafrans, then IPOB worldwide can fund such infrastructural development alone and very soon, we shall do it. Our quest is Biafra- nothing more, nothing less.
“On the issue of Buhari’s Aljazeera interview on Biafra, we welcome his comments because Biafra would not also tolerate Nigeria. Lord Lugard created Nigeria not Chukwu Okike Abhiama, God Almighty. So, like USSR, it will collapse.
“We, the IPOB Worldwide have decided not to go back on the quest for restoration of Biafra. Nigeria is not bigger than USSR just as Buhari is not stronger than Michael Gobachev. Buhari can kill Biafrans as he did during the 1967 to 1970 civil war, but this time, it will not be the same,” the statement read.
This new threat by the Biafrans may open up a new phase in the agitation of the IPOB members for a sovereign state.