The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu has promised to take the agitation for secession to Lagos and Kaduna state in the coming months.
Kanu announced this when he was visited by some IPOB members in his father’s house, Isiama Afara Ukwu, in Umuahia, Abia state on Sunday, July 30.
Kanu also said some media houses in Nigeria do not understand how strong IPOB is and so they print ‘lies’ about the group.
Kanu reacted to viral news that he was stopped in Imo state by some youths who were against the agitation for Biafra when he visited the state on Friday, July 29.
He said: “Some media houses in Lagos don’t understand how powerful IPOB is. They sit down and write rubbish.
“So, I will go to Lagos to rattle them. I understand some people are worried.
“Don’t Yoruba Pastors come here? Don’t they come here to pray? Some of you worship at Yoruba churches and contribute your money there. Is that not so?
“That is why they don’t want you to be free. We want you to be free; because if you are free, you won’t contribute money for them.”
Kanu also warned his followers to boycott the upcoming Anambra election in November 2017 and all election in south-east by 2019.
He said: “Come the 19th of November, Ohanaeze will no longer exist. They drove themselves away. I am not in competition with anybody, my father is a traditional title holder.
“So, I am not going to disrespect anybody. I formed, by myself, the Council of Elders of the People of Biafra. Ohaneaze cannot represent us. When the chiefs are down, they cannot defend us.
“We are going to show them something they have not seen before.
“The things you think are impossible to do, that is what I am going to do. Something that will happen in 2020, I will do it now.
“We can’t fear before our enemies, that is why I’ll go to Lagos to preach this gospel. I’ll do it.
“My friend, John Danfulani came to see me here and invited me to Kaduna, I want to go to Kaduna. We intend to battle with them, this is how I travel. Do I go with knife? Do I go with any gun?”
He also denied that his group, IPOB, is being sponsored by some politicians. Kanu said he challenged those who believed he is being sponsored by politicians to come forward with names of the sponsors.
Meanwhile, the chairman of the Northern Governors Forum and governor of Borno state, Kashim Shettima, has waded into the quit notice give to Igbos living in Northern Nigeria by the Coalition of Arewa Youth Groups.
Shettima who met with the leaders of the group on Sunday, July 31, urged south-east governors to also intervene in the activities of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, and other groups agitating for the independent state of Biafra.
The governor made the call while speaking to journalists after a closed door meeting with the Arewa youth groups.