IPOB, the Indigenous People of Biafra, has expressed its readiness to engage in a peaceful dialogue under UN supervision for Biafra’s exit from Nigeria.
This statement was issued by the group’s spokesperson, Emma Powerful, who emphasized that IPOB has never been linked to violence or criminal activities throughout its history of rallies and protests.
Read the full statement bellow:
“IPOB’s peaceful agitation for Biafra Independence started in 2012. Never has IPOB been associated with violence or criminality in all our years of rallies and protests.
“IPOB members have been brutally attacked while on peaceful protest by the Nigeria Security Forces at many locations in Biafra Land.
“As a result of these unwarranted attacks, many IPOB members have been murdered in cold blood, some have been permanently handicapped, some forcefully disappeared by the Nigeria Security Forces whereas some are still illegally detained in various detention facilities across Nigeria.
“Many IPOB members and sympathizers have had their houses and business burnt by the Nigeria Security Forces. IPOB has lost over 5,000 members with properties worth over $1 billion USD as a result of the extreme use of force from the Nigeria Security Forces. Irrespective of all the provocations from the Nigeria State, IPOB has never retaliated nor have taken up arms against the Nigeria State.
“IPOB stands for peace. We stand for dialogue, and we stand for discussions. The cardinal rule under which IPOB was formed is to lead the way to a peaceful separation of Biafra from Nigeria. Biafra and Nigeria are two different nations.
“The events from 1948 to 2023 have shown that it is practically impossible for Biafra and Nigeria to coexist as one nation. IPOB has been calling on the Nigeria State for discussions on a peaceful referendum date, but the Nigeria State always returns the peaceful call with violent suppression. We have always maintained that self-determination is our inalienable right according to the UN laws. We remain committed to pursuing our self-determination peacefully according to international laws and regulations.
“However, the Nigeria Government’s repressive approaches to stop the movement have led to the death of over 6 million Biafrans since 1967 to date, yet that has not quenched the desire for Biafrans to have their Independent State.
“For emphasis sake, IPOB does NOT have an army and has never supported or authorized anyone or any group to form an Army. What IPOB has is a vigilante group called Eastern Security Network (ESN). ESN is an arm bearing vigilante with a clear mandate of securing our forest and dislodging Fulani terrorists nicknamed herdsmen who were raping our women, killing our people, snatching cars, destroying our farmlands and crops. ESN is not in any way a military arm of IPOB but a vigilante group.
“IPOB is ready to meet with the Nigeria government any day they are ready for negotiations on Biafra referendum. IPOB supports peaceful separation from the contraption formed by foreigners called Nigeria. We believe Biafra can be achieved without war and shedding of innocent blood of Biafrans or Nigerians. We are bold to say that IPOB has never raised arms against the Nigeria State, but we have defended ourselves and our land against Fulani herdsmen and their supporters. IPOB has not shedded any innocent blood and will not shed any innocent blood but will always defend ourselves against an attack from any quarter.
“IPOB is ready for dialogue on Biafra referendum date and procedures. We want peace and are ever ready to leave Nigeria in peace but not the peace of the graveyard. We remain resolute and focused towards our goal, which is Biafra Independence via a referendum. The earlier the Nigeria government schedule a referendum date for Biafrans to decide their fate, the better for everyone.
“This message represents the views of our leader Mazi Nnamdi KANU, IPOB leadership, and the global family members of IPOB”.
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