WE ARE NOT TERRORIST, IPOB REACTS TO LABELLING THEM A TERRORIST GROUP BY NIGERIA ARMY.
The attention of the Customary Government of IPOB has been drawn to a statement credited to the Director, Defence Information (DDI)-Maj.Gen John Enenche that IPOB is a ‘militant terrorist organisation’. This information is to say the least misleading as there was never any known organisation registered with the name- IPOB in Nigeria records.
CG-IPOB wishes to set the records straight in view of the current confusion and security threats deliberately created and being promoted to tag dog a bad name for the slaughter house. In a classified letter written to the Nigeria President through the Office of The Director, Nigeria Diaspora Security Forum London dated 12 July 2016,The CG-IPOB through her Solicitor stated and we quote ‘The best thing the Federal Government of Nigeria will do now is to inform the general public that the matter between Biafra and Nigeria is in court and will soon be resolved. Also the Federal Government should not cause a delay in the hearing of the case”.
Let it be known to the general public that IPOB is not an organisation but a people pursuing their rights for self determination under the guidance of Biafran Elders .Anybody trying to classify IPOB as militant or terrorist organisation should do further research on the people behind the quest for Biafra restoration.The Directorate of Defence Information should be reminded that there are Indigenous people of Biafra(IPOB) in court with the Nigeria Government in suit numberFHC/OW/CS/192/2013.
The entity known as INDIGENOUS PEOPLE OF BIAFRA is defined as the remnants of the Biafrans and their descendants who were not consumed in the war. The acronym, IPOB, was created by Dr Dozie Ikedife in 2013. Indigenous People of Biafra are a nation. They are a nation but not yet a nation-state, seeking to exercise their right to self-determination by due process of law. We have always maintained that we are Biafrans by indigenous identity but Nigerians by citizenship just as the people of Scotland are Scottish by indigenous identity but British citizens and now seeking for independence from Britain. The acronym IPOB should be treated with every respect it deserves and efforts should be made by all stakeholders for the interest of peace to go back to round table.
CG-IPOB sees the current drama as a conspiracy by those in political power against the masses .Those in power know that there are legal and political windows to resolve the Biafra issue but would continue to pretend that the forced marriage called Nigeria is indivisible. This is rather most unfortunate especially in a period when even the Arewa Youths have written UN to organise referendum for the Biafra people and when YOLICOM is asking for Oduduwa Republic.Our current demand for self determination through the due process of both local and international laws started from 2012-seven years ago!
CG-IPOB wishes to inform all Biafrans who believe in the due process of law to remain calm and go about their normal businesses as indigenous people of Biafra still living in Nigeria.
Director-Directorate of Information,CG-IPOB