The Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, IPOB, has denied any involvement in the peaceful march staged in Umuahia, the Abia State capital on Tuesday by Jewish worshipers.
IPOB in a statement Wednesday by its Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, debunked claims by the police that the Jewish worshipers were IPOB members in disguise.
The pro-Biafra group said that contrary to claims by the police that the worshipers were IPOB members, it knew nothing about the procession.
IPOB said police were only desperately looking for excuse to nail the arrested worshipers by linking them with IPOB.
According to IPOB, over 5 million Igbos are practising Judaism as their religion, and are entitled to their freedom of expression.
IPOB strongly condemned the arrest of the innocent worshipers who were merely exercising their fundamental human rights, and warned the police to stop liking it with the Jewish group.
It argued that belonging to a religious sect does not stop one from holding a political view or agitating for freedom from oppression.
The statement read in full :
“We the global family of the indigenous people of Biafra (IPOB) ably led by Mazi Nnamdi Kanu wish to reiterate once again that the arrest and intimidation of Jewish adherents yesterday 11th December, 2018 during their peaceful procession in the city of Umuahia to sensitize general public about their denominations was unconstitutional.
“The barbaric attack on the innocent Jewish worshipers exercising their legitimate rights by combined security forces is totally abnormal and unacceptable, the IPOB and other Jewish adherents across the whole world cannot allow those behind the evil acts to go Scot free.
“IPOB must continue to write and tweet world and religious leaders extensively in the coming days to condemn the persecution and arrest of our religious adherents who committed no crime against anybody or Nigerian state.
“We will go after the perpetrators of this sacrilegious act against the Jewish adherents of the oldest religion in Umuahia and those who were deceptively saying that IPOB was involved in a show of force with the police yesterday in Umuahia, Abia state.
“We must correct this misleading impression before it gains ground because most gullible might accept that IPOB was involved in any fracas with Nigeria security forces when nothing like that ever happened.
“Biafrans wherever you may be should never underestimate the poison dripping from the tip of the pen of certain individuals in the pay of the government who are in the habit of always saying IPOB was involved in a rally when such never happened.
“The peaceful procession yesterday was the prerogative of our traditional Jewish Religious Adherents not IPOB and cannot be.
“This is the fact and one that must conveyed to counter the lies of the enemy. We continue to wonder why Abia State Police Commissioner and other pro-APC elements are twisting this story to make it what it’s not.
“There are more than 50million Biafrans practising Judaism in various forms from the beginning of time before the creation of this evil contraption called Nigeria by British in 1914 and establishment of IPOB in 2012.
“These are facts we cannot escape from. Okezie Ikpeazu must release those he ordered their detention. The fact our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and others practice Judaism does not mean every Jewish religious member is an IPOB member.
“We in IPOB do not hide or disguise our appearance since the inception of this divine movement and we have no reason to do so. We have always maintained our fearlessness before our enemies.”
“Our Parents’ Death Has Brought Us Closer To Each Other” — Kanu’s Family
The family of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu said that the death of their parents have them to be more united against the belief by some persons that the family would scatter after the burial.
Though their elder brother, Nnamdi who is the first son of the family was absent at their parent’s burial ceremony, the family of late Israel and Ugoeze Sally Kanu said that they were grateful that the burial of their parents was a huge success.
Addressing journalists at their Isiama Afaraukwu country home, the spokesman of the family, Kanunta Kingsley Kanu thanked Abia State police command and journalists for their contributions towards the peaceful and successful burial of their parents.
Kanunta who also commended members of the IPOB in the state and beyond who stood with the family before, during and after the burial said that their parents were an embodiment of peace when they were alive.
He said it was for this reason that his father as the traditional ruler of Afaraukwu, was given the title of ‘Omeudo’, stressing that he lived with that peaceful virtue till death.
Kanunta said the family owed a lot of gratitude to journalists within and outside Abia for bringing what transpired at the burial to the entire world.
“I want to tell you journalists that our family members are happy with you, with what you did during the burial and we say a big thank you”.
Kanu said the family was also thanking the Abia state police command for the manner they conducted themselves which contributed to the peace that reigned during the burial.
The family said it was happy that despite the altercation between the police and IPOB before the burial, the commissioner of police, Ene Okon exhibited true sense of professionalism in the way he maintained security in the state on the day of the burial.
He said now their parents were no more, the family would strive to remain united and resolute in the fight for the actualization of Biafra, a movement which they said that their parents believed in.
‘We’re Ready To Fight Herdsmen’ — IPOB Declares
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has declared readiness to battle Herdsmen while calling on residents of South East to be prepared to defend themselves and land against further slaughter.
It decried the alleged involvement of bandits in what it described as “endless cycle of slaughter and mayhem especially in Biafraland,” particularly with recent killings in Delta State.
Speaking yesterday, IPOB Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful noted that Governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s brave condemnation of Nigerian Army’s involvement in the orgy of violence unleashed by five different terror groups against innocent populations was an indication that the killings were “premeditated slaughter of the defenseless.”
According to him: “IPOB’s message of freedom is the only way out of the present impasse in the fight against state sponsored Fulani terrorism in Nigeria.”
He recalled: “In 2014, before the murderous tendencies of Miyetti Allah was unleashed on hapless Nigerians, way before Fulani herdsmen, bandits, foreign fighters, ISWAP, Ansaru, Al-Qaeda in the Mahgreb descended on innocent citizens, our great leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu said it live on air during his prophetic message of 6th February, 2014 on Radio Biafra that: “Fulani herdsmen will be armed and encouraged to slaughter us with impunity and their masters will protect them.”
He said: “The US government and her law makers will now pay more attention to all IPOB submissions following this confirmation by Gov. Okowa.”
He vowed that IPOB would resist every attempt by the herdsmen to unleash terror on Biafraland.
“Therefore, we are calling on our people to be prepared because we are going to take on Fulani terrorists in our land.”
‘My Parents’ Burial Brought Divided S’East, S’South Together As One Biafran Family’ — Nnamdi Kanu
Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has averred that the burial of his parents brought the people of South-East and South-South together as one Biafran family.
Kanu’s parents; His Royal Highness Eze Israel Okwu-Kanu and his wife, Ugoeze Sally Kanu, who died last year, were laid to rest on Friday in their royal compound in Afaraukwu community, Umuahia, the Abia State capital.
The IPOB leader who was absent at the funeral took to micro-blogging site, Twitter, on Saturday, February 15, to express his delight at the success of the burial and also thanked those who graced the occasion.
“I’m joyful my parent’s burial finally brought the artificially divided people of SE and SS together as one Biafran family.
“Thank you Biafrans, friends and well-wishers for a truly memorable funeral,” Kanu tweeted.