Irked with the response of the South East governors to its demand, the Proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Saturday said they were no longer interested in any apology from the governors, noting that they (S’east governors) would know how upset they are if they see them abroad.
The group made the disclosure in a statement sent to ‘Nation’ by its Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful.
Recall that IPOB had in a letter titled “Operation Python Dance: An Open Letter To Southeast Governors” asked the South East governors to de-proscribe IPOB, and render sincere public apology.
The group also asked them to “write the National Assembly, informing it that it is now their reconsidered position that the President had violated the Constitution by launching combat military operations in their States and against their people without first declaring a ‘State of Emergency’ as required by Section 305 of the Constitution.”
Reacting, the chairman of the South-East Governors Forum, Dave Umahi opined that governors in the zone have no apology to tender to IPOB.
He said that the group has no right to place a travel ban on South-East governors and other top politicians from the zone.
However, the group in a riposte frowned at the governor’s response, noting that it has lost interest in their apology.
The statement reads thus, “Following the recent denial and subsequent refusal of South East Governors to apologize or do the needful towards IPOB against a background of their incessant attacks, abduction, arrest, killings and proscription of unarmed peaceful Biafrans; before, during and after Operation Python Dance II in 2017, we the global family of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) categorically state that we are not interested in any apology coming from those who have continued to shamelessly preside over the Fulanisation of their ancestral lands.
“Unfortunately most people are yet to understand the danger these people portend for our existence as a race.
“We remain conscious of the complicity and duplicity of South East Governors in the whole Operation Python Dance debacle and will hold them accountable at the right time.
“We are aware of their secret dealings with the Government of Nigeria to enslave our people, a task we assure them can never be accomplished as long as IPOB exists.
“We are waiting for them to set foot abroad or appear in public anywhere outside Nigeria then they will know how upset we are.”
We Won’t Let IPOB Meeting Hold In Bayelsa — IYC
The Ijaw Youths Council (IYC), Central Zone, has insisted that it would not allow the Indigeneous People of Biafra (IPOB) to hold its meeting in any part of Bayelsa State.
It was gathered that IPOB’s scheduled meeting in Yenagoa at the weekend could not hold because the Kennedy Olorogun-led IYC warned against it.
The IYC Chairman threatened that anybody caught holding such meeting in the state would be thoroughly beaten.
Describing such meeting as a threat to Ijaw nation, Olorogun maintained that IPOB should restrict activities for its agitations to its zone.
Clarifying his position, Olorogun told the Nation that the Ijaw people have their agitation against the Federal Government and had pursued it over the years.
He noted that contrary to the claims of some persons, Ijaw is not part of Biafran territory and will never partake in the activities of IPOB.
He explained that agitations had consequences adding that the Ijaw people had managed their issues without involving persons pushing for Biafra.
Olorogun said following tips received by the leadership of IYC that the IPOB members were preparing to arrive Yenagoa for a meeting, he promptly informed security agencies.
He said apart from warning IPOB against holding such gathering, the IYC sent a team to suspected venues and ensured no part of the state was used for the meeting.
He said: “The agitations of Ijaw against the Federal Government was born at the Kaiama Declaration. Right from then, we have pursued these agitations bearing all consequences associated with them.
“We do not want to inherit another agitation. Therefore, we have warned IPOB to stay away from Ijaw territory. We have said it time without number that Ijaw is not part of Biafran territory. They should restrict their activities within their zone.
“We are calling on hardworking Igbo people in our state to go about their businesses and we also want them to warn their IPOB brothers to stay away from the state.
“Any Biafra group caught holding meeting anywhere in Bayelsa State will be tagged as a deliberate attempt to fight the Ijaw people in their house, and we will not tolerate that but will stand to defend our territory with anything
“We also urge Ijaw people to be vigilant and pass information should in case they notice such meeting any day or anywhere in Bayelsa State”.
Nnamdi Kanu Might Not Attend Parents’ Burial — IPOB
Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) might miss his parents’ burial scheduled on February 14 as disclosed in a statement released by the proscribed group’s spokesperson, Emma Powerful.
The group which stated that it can’t confirm the attendance of its leader for the burial of his parents HRH Eze Israel Okwu Kanu and Ugoeze Sally Nmeme Okwu-Kanu, said the event will begin with procession and preparations in line with ancient customs and tradition.
Emma Powerful further disclosed that they are making arrangements to ensure that the burial is held in a safe atmosphere.
He said: “IPOB worldwide wish to announce to the world, particularly Biafrans, friends of Biafra, lovers of freedom and with regard for the protocol of the Afaraukwu Eze-in-Council that February 14, 2020 will be the burial date of our leader’s parents at Eze Sir Israel Okwu Kanu’s Palace in Isiama Afaraukwu Ibeku, Umuahia Abia State capital.
“IPOB leadership will not be disclosing any information and have not disclosed any information regarding the likely attendance or not of our leader to this event.
“The movement and anticipated presence of our leader in his home during this period is yet to be finalised and as such, no confirmation or otherwise will be issued to that effect.
“IPOB High Command will determine under what circumstance any announcement will be made in the future.
“However, arrangements are being put in place to ensure the ceremony is held in a secure and safe atmosphere.
“IPOB is a peaceful movement and hope to maintain this approach until Biafra is completely restored.
“We are inviting every media outlet, local and international, print and electronic to be present in Isiama-Afaraukwu on that day.”
VIDEO: Hundreds Of IPOB Members Storm Imo Govt House, Ask Uzodinma, Okorocha To “Pack And Go”
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) stormed Imo State Government house today in their hundreds in protest against the newly installed governor, Hope Uzodinma.
Members of the group clad in white singlets and black trousers carrying Biafran flags embarked on the protest Saturday afternoon demanding for the expulsion of the former governor, Rochas Okorocha from the state.
The protest is coming a few days after the supreme court of Nigeria sacked the former governor, Emeka Ihedioha and ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC to issue a certificate of return to Uzodinma.
See video of the protest below: