Pro-Biafra group, the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has extended a hand of fellowship to the Niger Delta freedom fighters, the Avengers.
A release from the group, jointly signed by Barr. Emma Mmezu and Dr. Clifford Iroanya respectively, indicates that IPOB is not among the pro-Biafra groups that have compromised their Biafra struggle, pointing out that they are solidly behind the Avengers in their liberation struggle.
According to the release, the Avengers are fighting against what they described as ‘Islamic enslavement’ and should be supported by all, especially the pro-Biafra agitators.
“IPOB, under the leadership of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, hereby state that we support our kith and kin – the Niger Delta Avengers, NDA, who are fighting for the freedom of our people from the enslaving Islamic Republic of Nigerian Government. We want to place it on record that IPOB under the leadership of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has no connection with some groups who are claiming on the pages of Nigerian newspapers that they do not support our fellow freedom fighters – the NDA.
“We make reference to a particular group which is a well-known turncoat and their leader who has been bribed with oil blocks allocations in the oil-rich areas of Biafraland. This same compromised group is known to have started the ugly incidence of kidnapping in Biafraland and their members often used as thugs and hired killers for politicians in Nigeria.
“The NDA have consistently stated that the release of IPOB leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is a precondition for any discussion with Nigeria. Unfortunately and disgracefully, the incompetent and intellectually challenged Nigerian Government has swept this demand under the carpet while magnifying the notion of amnesty payments and resource control as reasons for the NDA‘s actions.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the NDA is fighting for the freedom of the people of Biafra and not for amnesty payment or for resource control as some commentators would like to believe. When Biafra is finally liberated from the bondage called Nigeria, resources shall be controlled by the owners of the land where those resources are located. The perennially incompetent Nigerian Government should stop deceiving the entire world into believing that what the freedom fighters of NDA are demanding is resource control,” the release points out.
It also continues: “Amnesty is associated with criminality and a people who are fighting for their freedom should not be unjustly termed criminals. The notion and talk of amnesty for our own freedom fighters (the NDA) is a misnomer and should be taken out of any discourse. On the contrary, amnesty should be granted to the Nigerian Government, especially to those from the criminal class masquerading as elites who unjustly appropriated oil & gas wells and other resources in Biafraland to themselves and their cohorts to the detriment of the masses. These robbers should be associated with amnesty for their economic criminality not the NDA.
“As far as IPOB and the generality of Biafrans are concerned, the NDA is doing the right thing by demanding the freedom of our people from the perpetually repressive Nigerian State. Unlike some groups pretending to be Biafra’s freedom fighters, the NDA and IPOB have a common ideology and objective which is the absolute liberation of the nation of Biafra from the British-contraption created by an alien called Frederick Lugard who is not even a black African. It defies logic to think that a white man can come all the way from Britain to create and name a country in already inhabited Africa for black people.