PARIS, MARCH 7, 2016: The Indigenous People of Biafra, (IPOB) and Movement for Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra, (MASSOB) has sent a strong signal to Nigeria's strongman, President Muhammadu Buhari that Biafra would also not tolerate Nigeria.
This is in reaction to the disparaging remarks about Biafra widely reported by Aljazeera in an interview with Mr Buhari. The spokesmen for MASSOB, Dr Clifford Iroanyaad IPOB, Emma Mmezu while welcoming the statement credited to the president told him in no uncertain terms that Biafra would under no circumstances also tolerate Nigeria.
The statement reads:
"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."
Meanwhile, MASSOB and IPOB has henceforth issued a warning to all Fulani herdsmen who have been committing killings in Nigeria and the south-east to retreat to the northern parts of the country as the movement can no longer tolerate their presence and guarantee their safety in the region.
"We can no longer tolerate the systematic killing of our people and invasion of our land in the name of cattle grazing. Seventy per cent of Fulani herdsmen in the eastern region are Northern-trained secret army assigned for devastation and secret killing of Biafrans.
"MASSOB in collaboration with IPOB and other affiliates have vowed to protect Biafra land with enthusiastic spirit and motivation from foreign invaders in any disguise. As we have resolved to protect Biafra land, we warn Arewa secret army in disguise as Fulani herdsmen to concentrate on grazing with their cows as any further attack on our people shall be squarely returned."
President Buhari is said to have dismissed the actualization of Biafra with a trivial hand but in a swift reaction, MASSOB leader described President Muhammadu Buhari’s stance, as the, 'ranting of a frustrated man who has lost major focus on international/diplomatic politics.'
"The level of Biafra actualization has gone beyond Buhari’s imagination and comprehension. As long as Ndigbo and easterners in general live, Biafra can never be subdued by Nigeria. We advise the international community to ignore Buhari’s diplomatic propaganda against Biafra.
"We will continue to toe the line of non-violence in our pursuit for Biafra and will not lower our guard to continue to press for the release Nnamdi Kanu, Ben Onwuka and other pro-Biafra detainees in prisons scattered all over the country."