The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) yesterday attack former president Olusegun Obasanjo, over his alleged comment that Biafra is dead and buried, saying he laugh that Biafra is still alive. IPOB in a statement by its Media and Publicity Secretary Emma Powerful, says Obasanjo knows that Biafra is much alive and will be restored soon.
They alleged that Obasanjo, as a special guest at Prof. Charles Soludo’s one-year celebration in office at Awka in Anambra state, erroneously claimed that Biafra is dead and buried, saying he laugh that Biafra is still alive.
The IPOB statement read; “The global family and movement of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) under the command and leadership of our great leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu wish to remind the former president of Nigeria Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, that Biafra is not dead and was never buried, but much alive and eventually the Sun shall rise to never set again.”
Obasanjo believed that Biafra died and was buried on 13th January 1970 while making a speech in Anambra during Prof. Charles Soludo’s one-year celebration in office. How can Obasanjo believe that an entire nation will die and be buried? Did he forget the warning of the then surrendering officer, General Philip Effiong, when he warned Nigeria to treat the descendants of Biafra well, or they will rise up to continue the demand for a separate country?
“Can Chief Obasanjo be sincere to himself that his government and subsequent ones treated Biafrans as equals in this country? We want to ask Chief Obasanjo, has there been any ethnic group in Nigeria that has been subjugated, maltreated, deprived, discriminated, profiled, hated, militarized, and their youths murdered by the Nigerian State like Biafrans?
“Thank God that Obasanjo, publicly acknowledged that there is an “Igbophobia” in Nigeria. The hatred against Ndigbo in Nigeria is visible even to the blind. We would not have responded to Chief Obasanjo’s comment but we want him to bear in mind that Biafra is coming and very soon. We wish that God Almighty will keep him, Gowon, and other Biafra genocides alive to witness and celebrate Biafrans whose mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters and ancestors they butchered in cold blood because of ethnic profiling and hatred from 1967-1970.
“The hatred we are witnessing today from other Nigerians if the country does not conduct the Biafra referendum in peace will soon cause it to implode in a more devastating way. This time, every part of Nigeria will feel the heat. It shall no longer be the Biafra civil war, but every part of Nigeria will receive its own share of a blood bath.
“We want Obasanjo and other interested groups to know that our demand for Biafra exit from Nigeria is not born out of hate for anyone but because we want to survive as a race. We have tried our best to belong and contribute to building Nigeria, which was founded on fraud and sustained with injustice and shared hatred against Biafrans, all to no avail.
“Our quest for the Biafra referendum and independence is a quest for survival. We want Obasanjo to know that Biafra is not dead and definitely not buried. No amount of propaganda and blackmail against the IPOB movement will make us change our resolve to restore Biafra. We either restore Biafra or we die trying,” the statement concluded.
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