The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has said that Biafra elders and traditional title holders are entitled to their opinions but cannot set agenda for the group.
IPOB stated this in response to the Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Alfred Achebe, who was quoted to have said that “IPOB has no right to stop election in Anambra State”, when the leadership of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Anambra State chapter, paid him a courtesy visit.
Alfred Achebe, Obi of Onitsha
In a statement signed by its Media and Publicity Secretary, Comrade Emma Powerful, the pro-Biafra group said: “IPOB is a well-known peace loving organization around the globe which has not been involved in violent activities in Nigeria, but have been violently attacked by the Hausa Fulani dominated security apparatus in Nigeria, who derive joy in killing the innocent members of IPOB.
“We respect our elders and traditional title holders, like Igwe Alfred Nnaemeka Achebe, the Obi of Onitsha and others who are making different statements regarding the IPOB decision to boycott elections in Biafra land starting from Anambra state election unless they give us a date for Biafra restoration.
“We believe they are entitled to their opinion but they cannot intimidate or set agenda for IPOB members from carrying out our decision. And they should know that they are human beings and cannot challenge IPOB worldwide.
“However, anybody who wants to come out and vote is free, but IPOB will not stop to fulfill the promise of boycotting the Anambra State Governorship election, come November 18, 2017 and we promise Igwe Achebe to come out and vote.
“IPOB will prove its formidability to Igwe Achebe and his likes on that very particular day that we are not politicians and we are not playing politics with Biafra restoration project because Biafra independence is the future of our children and unborn children.”