When you think that these Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) are giving up or would give up maybe if Nnamdi Kanu is released; they come out with another approach to pursuing their cause on a whole new level. Many of us never thought that this Biafran issue will ever come up again after the death of Dim Chukwuemeka Odimegwu Ojukwu; a great man who has my admiration even in death. Many eulogized him during that long week of burial rights and most importantly that it will be the end of agitation for an Independent Biafran nation.
Or did Ojukwu still have another wish different from this while he was on his death bed?
The Indigenous People of Biafra have taken a bold step in nominating people who will defend their cause in front of Congressmen in the US and they include; Emeka Anyaoku; a former Commonwealth Secretary-General, Alex Ekwueme; former Vice-President at the beginning of Nigeria’s Second Republic in 1979, Ben Nwabueze, Arch. Anothony Obinna, and Gen. Alex Maduebo.
The group’s spokespersons Emma Mmezu and Clifford Iroanya, had this to say; “It has come to the notice of IPOB that some selfish individuals, who deliberately misconstrue our genuine intentions towards the restoration of Biafra are busy parading themselves as elders or custodians of our present agitation.”
“Once again we have been reliably informed that Ohaneze Ndigbo have once again hijacked the proposed visit of US Congressmen to Biafraland, thereby positioning themselves as the mouthpiece of IPOB which is blatantly false.
“We have not mandated this group called Ohaneze to represent IPOB in any capacity. That US Congressmen are in Biafraland today is as a result of the hard work of IPOB all over the world in lobbying these US lawmakers.”
“IPOB would like the world to know that we have credible traditional rulers, elder statesmen and respectable Biafrans capable of representing IPOB at these talks with the Americans.”
“IPOB has chosen Dr Arthur Nwankwo, Dr Alex Ekwueme, Archbishop Anthony Obinna, Gen. Alex Maduebo, Prof Ben Nwabueze, Chief Emeka Anyoku, as credible elders who will speak the truth without being easily compromised.”
Meanwhile Chief Emeka Anyaoku said he has not received any message from the group but that he would turn it down the down nomination.
For IPOB to have what it takes to talk to US Congressmen it then means that the labours of my Igbo brothers in the US have not been in vain.
God help us all!