The threat by the Niger Delta Avengers, NDA, to declare a Níger Delta Republic on October 1 has received the backing of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.
The pro-biafra group, which also denied having any working relationship with the Movement for the Emancipation of Niger Delta, MEND, said its backing for the Avengers is because their philosophy is related.
The IPOB is facing a crisis of factions as different groups have recently come up claiming to be the ones in charge.
According the spokesperson of IPOB, Emma Powerful, the philosophy of the group “aligns with that of Niger Delta Avengers who bravely called for the release of our leader and has maintained it till date. Avengers and IPOB are one in pursuit of freedom for all the peoples of Biafra. IPOB is in total support of the proposed independence declaration proposed by Avengers on the 1st of October.
“IPOB recognises the efforts of the reformed MASSOB as they have publicly stated that they are no longer working with the now discredited leadership of BIM and former MASSOB. As long as they maintain this stance and do not engage in activities capable of undermining the pursuit for freedom, we shall continue to acknowledge their efforts.
“Some so-called Igbo leaders are mere Hausa Fulani stooges and will kill their own children if the North demands it. Thankfully, we still have honorable Igbo men left.”
The IPOB spokesman also vowed that the group would not soft pedal because of the continued detention of its leader like other groups, which he accused of being merely after settlement.
“At the end of this battle for freedom, the world will know that there are those who cannot be bought nor compromised like Nnamdi Kanu and the IPOB that he leads.
“We want, first and foremost, the release of our leader and other detained members of IPOB after which he would direct us on how to negotiate terms of reference for a referendum which we launched a while back. Nobody will be forced or coerced. We want to build a model society based on the consent of the people not one imposed by a few group of people.”
By Timothy Enietan-Matthews…
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