The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has expressed reservation over the recent visit of some Igbo leaders to President Mohammadu Buhari over the release of its leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
Some group of Igbo leaders, including First Aviation Minister, Chief Mbazuluike Amechi, former Governor of Anambra State, Chukwuemeka Ezeife, Bishop Sunday Onuoha of the Methodist Church and others, had during the visit, pleaded for Kanu’s release.
The group, in a statement by its Media and Publicity, Emma Powerful on the group’s position on the visit to Aso Rock by the leaders, said its interest was more on the unconditional release of its leader.
“We don’t have any position on that. We are waiting for the unconditional release of our leader Mazi Nnamdi KANU because he committed nothing to deserve his current ordeals and inhuman treatments,” Powerful said.
Asked what might likely follow If Kanu was eventually released by Nigerian government, Powerful said, IPOB members and indeed Biafrans and friends of Biafra will be happy and thank our God, Chukwu Okike Abiama.
The IPOB spokesperson who also reacted on whether restructuring of the country from the point of view of the Igbo would assuage IPOB leadership to relax some of its demands said IPOB was not against restructuring.
“Nigeria government must bear one thing in mind; IPOB is not fighting restructuring. We are not against restructuring but our demand is not restructuring. Our demand is restoration of Biafra State. All we need is a date for REFERENDUM to decide whether or not we want to continue with this forced marriage.
“Those who think Nigeria is ready for restructuring may have to think again. Those benefiting from the current lopsidedness have made restructuring impossible. They are unlikely to heed the clamour for restructuring.
“But for us, the only thing that can make us slow down a little is government giving us date for referendum. Restoration of the sovereign State of Biafra is a divine mandate.
“Our eternal leader Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu told them to restructure Nigeria they said no and killed millions of Biafrans in the war. Mazi Nnamdi KANU and IPOB did not come on board to demand restructuring; we are for total freedom and independence,” he added.