The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPoB) have written to former president Olusegun Obasanjo in response to his reported remark that Biafra is dead and buried, claiming that Obasanjo erred that Biafra is still a living entity.
In a statement released by IPoB’s Media and Publicity Secretary Emma Powerful under the title “Chief Obasanjo knows that Biafra is much alive and will be restored soon,” IPoB claimed that Chief Obasanjo made the incorrect claim that Biafra is dead and buried while attending Prof. Charles Chukwuma Soludo’s one-year anniversary of taking office in Awka as a special guest.
IPoB’s statement read, “The global family and movement of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPoB, under the command and leadership of our great leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu wish to remind the former president of Nigeria Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, that Biafra is not dead and was never buried. but much alive and eventually the Sun shall rise to never set again.
“Chief Obasanjo, as a special guest at Prof. Charles Chukwuma Soludo’s one-year celebration in office at the event in Awka, Anambra State, erroneously said he believed that Biafra died and was buried on 13th January 1970 while making a speech at that occasion.
“How can Chief Obasanjo believe that an entire nation will die and be buried? Did he forget the warning of the then surrendering officer, General Philip Effiong, when he warned Nigeria to treat the descendants of Biafra well, or they will rise up to continue the demand for a separate country?
“Can Chief Obasanjo be sincere to himself that his government and subsequent ones treated Biafrans as equals in this country? We want to ask Chief Obasanjo, has there been any ethnic group in Nigeria that has been subjugated, maltreated, deprived, discriminated, profiled, hated, militarized, and their youths murdered by the Nigerian State like Biafrans?
“Thank God that he, Obasanjo, publicly acknowledged that there is an “Igbophobia” in Nigeria. The hatred against Ndigbo in Nigeria is visible even to the blind.
“We want Chief Obasanjo to know that Biafra is not dead and definitely not buried. No amount of propaganda and blackmail against the IPoB movement will make us change our resolve to restore Biafra. We either restore Biafra or we die restoring Biafra. That is why we say Biafra, Biafra or Biafra, nothing more nothing less.”