The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has reacted to the alleged report which claims its leader Nnamdi Kanu declared Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano free of complicity in the alleged massacre of IPOB members and Biafrans at large in the State.
The group’s media and publicity secretary, Emma Powerful in a statement made available to ORIENTAL TIMES said Obiano was in actual fact indicted by Kanu for doing nothing in his capacity as the chief security officer of the state to stop the massacre.
IPOB however insisted that it will continue to hold the governor responsible for the death of IPOB family members in Anambra until result of the findings of a panel of inquiry proves otherwise.
The statement read in full: “We the members of the indigenous people of Biafra (IPOB) worldwide under the command and leadership of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu disassociate our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu over the purported and concocted rumours going round the city that during his visit to Eze Eri Eze Chukwu Emeka of Agulu Eri that he exonerated Chief Willie Obiano the Governor of Anambra State from the massacre of IPOB members and Biafrans at Nkpor on the 29th and 30th of May 2016 during the remembrance day celebration.
“We want to make it categorically clear that IPOB leader did not exonerate Obiano but instead indicted him for not halting the massacre as the chief security officer of the state and also for reporting to the kangaroo Army Board of Enquiry that nobody was killed at Nkpor and Onitsha head bridge when there are innumerable eye witness accounts backed up by video and pictorial evidence, the evidences was presented to the well recognized international human rights organizations in the world like Amnesty International, Human Right Watch etc.
“We IPOB is holding Governor Obiano responsible because about 60 of those butchered and buried in mass graves by Hausa Fulani dominated Islamic Army of Northern Nigeria, voted for him during his last election, IPOB campaigned door to door for his election in 2014.
“To put the record straight, we are aware that Governor Obiano did not kill anybody by himself or fired anybody with bullets but as the number one citizen and chief security officer of the state he is culpable for not rising up on time to stop the massacre of those that campaigned vigorously for him in 2014 rather he came up through his information commissioner condemned and tagged the innocent civilians who gathered to celebrate their fallen heroes and heroines during the war of genocide against the people of Biafra in 1967 and 1970 as miscreants and hoodlums who came to destroy the state, is on record. Obiano must come out openly and tell the public what actually happened on that particular day in Anambra State.
“There is no way these explanations amount to endorsement unless those that watched the video of the meeting between our leader and Eze Chukwu Emeka Eri the 34th need psychiatric help or examination in their brains. Our request from Willie Obiano remains that he must constitute an independent panel with powers to subpoena witnesses and documents to thoroughly investigate what happened in public.
“Only the result of the findings of the panel of inquiry will exonerate or clear Obiano’s name. As long as the status quo remains, we will continue to hold Obiano responsible for the death of IPOB family members in Anambra State. The gruesome massacre of IPOB members at Nkpor, Awka and Head Bridge Onitsha all in Anambra State under the watch of Obiano is one of the reasons why there will be no election in Anambra State come 18 November 2017.
“IPOB have no control over what people say or media outlets that wish to report such news.
“What we know is that IPOB will defend whatever our leader say anywhere anyplace because he has not lied to IPOB and he cannot do that because he visited Agulueri and Umuleri the home town of Willie Obiano.
“More so, every event, trip or gathering made by our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is meticulously documented and recorded for posterity. Anybody who is in doubt of what transpired during his visit to Eze Chukwu Emeka Eri should refer to the widely circulated video of Mazi Nnandi Kanu’s trip to Aguleri and Umuleri.