Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB has stated unequivocally that there is no way they will renounce Biafra, pointing out that it is either death or Biafra actualisation.
A statement made available to the media by the spokesmen of IPOB, Emma Powerful, Barr. Emma Mmezu and Dr. Clifford Iroanya respectively indicates that there boat has been burnt and that there was no going back on the agitation.
Reacting on the backdrop of the purported agreement between MEND and the Federal Government at which it was agreed that the IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu and other detained freedom fighters will be release if they denounce and renounce Biafra, IPOB distance themselves from such conditional release.
Pricked by such arrangement, the organisation maintains that at no time did they ask MEND to mediate on their behalf.
“IPOB under mazi Nnamdi Kanu did not send MEND to negotiate for the release of our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and other members in detention with him. It is unfortunate on the part of MEND to negotiate for the release of our leader without the full knowledge of the organization.
“Last week, the world received a shocking but fake news peddled by a group of Judases who go by the name MEND, stating that they have reached agreement with the disastrous Islamic and blood-sucking government of Nigeria in which the Leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, will be released from his illegal detention on the condition that he renounces Biafra. Nothing can be further from the truth.
“For the avoidance of doubt, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu never consented to any agreement nor did he at anytime meet with MEND and their “Ahithophel Team (Not Aaron).” It is understandable that MEND and their Ahithophel Team are scavenging for relevance from their moribund status but they should not use the sacred name of IPOB or its leader as a means of survival.
” MEND and their Ahithophel Team can conveniently carry out their “Operation Absalom(Not Moses)” without dragging the name of IPOB and Nnamdi Kanu into that shenanigans.
“On the other hand, IPOB and their leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu are in full support of any group of dedicated and hardcore freedom fighters such as the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA). We have stated unequivocally and without any fear of contradiction that we are fully in support of the NDA as they embark on freeing themselves from the British criminality called Nigeria, a contraption led by a man that committed treason on December 31, 1983.
“What MEND and its Ahithophel Team must know is that Biafra is a spirit because Nnamdi Kanu, by the grace of God, brought spirituality into the agitation for Biafra independence. The fact that many people claiming to be fighting for the interest of the people have sold out in the past or that the so called elites engaged in the mortgaging of their soul to the devil does not mean the emergence of clean, conscientious and patriotic Biafrans is no longer possible.
“A lot of people thought the agitation for Biafra was dead before the emergence of Nnamdi Kanu and IPOB. One thing remains certain, things can never be the same after this. We assert that IPOB is not in the business of betrayal and we would die rather than renounce Biafra.
“The restoration of the nation of Biafra is not subject to negotiation. If there should be any form of negotiation at all, it must be centered on asset sharing between Nigeria and Biafra and on the payment of reparations for money stolen from Biafrans by Nigeria through the 1970 twenty pounds deal and other subsequent acts of thievery by Nigeria against Biafrans.
” We want to make it categorically clear that MEND and their Ahithophel Team are strictly on their own and do not in any way, shape or form represent IPOB or the leader of IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. When we say “Biafra or Death”, we meant every syllable of that phrase.
“We reiterate that Nnamdi Kanu is not Ralph Uwazuruike and IPOB is not MASSOB. Therefore, anybody thinking that our leader will renounce Biafra is certifiably mad. For both IPOB and their leader, Nnamdi Kanu, it is either we get Biafra or we die getting Biafra. There is no middle ground.
“MEND and their Ahithophel Team in their “Operation Absalom” are hereby warned to desist from deceiving the public with their disinformation and betrayal of the Biafran cause,” the organisation states.