IPOB condemns killing of Christians in North, attacks by Fulani herdsmen, amalgamation of 1914

LEADER of pro-Biafra group, Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has frowned at the statement credited to the former governor of Akwa Ibom State, Obong Victor Atta in the national daily newspaper that the struggle for restoration of Biafra was an Igbo affair. Condemning the former governor in a statement signed by Emma Powerful, IPOB spokesman, the organisation said that Atta was not well informed about Biafra before making the offensive comments. “We condemn it in its totality that the struggle for Biafra restoration is an Igbo affair. “This statement shows that the former governor is not properly informed and he doesn’t know the history of the word Biafra and how it came about. This man did not know that the last president of Biafra, late Major Gen. Philip Effiong came from the present Akwa Ibom State and was second in command to late Gen. Emeka Odumegwu Ojukwu the first president of Biafra. “Again, he did not understand that the word bight of Biafra which is in Bonny Island in River State was changed to bight of Bonny in 1972 after the genocidal war against the people of eastern region of Nigeria in 1970,” the statement explains. Going further, the statement explains, “we reiterate that on 27th day of May 1967 during the meeting of eastern region
consultative assembly held in Enugu which comprised the 555 members of the consultative assembly from the present south east and south south geopolitical zones, 300 members came from the present south south. In that meeting, the man who brought the name Biafra at the floor of the meeting was late Chief Frank Opigo from Ishekiri in Izon land, if the fomer governor of Akwa Ibom, Obong Victor Atta were properly informed and educated on the issue concerning Biafra, he wouldn’t have been coming out to make this type of statement against the people of Biafra. “The man forgot to know that Igbo is a language like other tribes and languages in Biafraland. Although, we
know that most of our elders and politicians are looking for a peanut from Abuja and more so, they are using the struggle of Biafra to protect the money they looted during their days in office as governors and other political offices they are holding presently. “Nevertheless, we want to let the people of Biafra and the general public know that Igbo is a tribe in Biafraland and the tribes comprises Ijaw (Izon), Isobo, Ibibio, Igala, Igbanke (Igboakiri), Idoma, Igede, Urhobo, Ikwere, Ogoni, Kalabari, and others, even to the land of Bakassi Peninsula, anybody who is branding this struggle as Igbo affair is making mistakes of his or her life,” the statement stresses.


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