By Okey Chris Awka
Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has disassociated itself from Nnamdi Kanu’s continuous calls for boycott of Anambra November 18 gubernatorial polls, urging the general public to disregard him “as he lacks locus standi to speak for Biafrans.” IPOB also argued that Kanu “cannot” give them Biafra “with the rate he is canvassing for it,” adding that Biafrans would be liberated through religion, due process and observance of rules of law. Liaison offi cer of Customary Government of IPOB and Spiritual Director, First IPOB Association of Cultural, Christians and Christian Churches (FIPOBACCCC), Rev. Ugwu Leon, said Kanu “has no power to speak for IPOB because he recently joined the group after dumping MASSOB.”
He said: “Biafra Republic can only be achieved through the words of God. Th e battle is between satanic money, religious godfathers and the masses/ IPOB nations with all variable/ republican nature of Biafran ideologies. “Th is is time we need to close ranks because it is God’s project and ideology. All human rights are God-given; meaning that all pro-Biafra groups should legitimately and lawfully go agitating for their rights to self-determination through the UNDRIP September 2007 Acts. “For our God, Christ and Holy Ghost aren’t authors of confusion, but Satan, for sure in wilderness now about fi fty years (1967-2017 golden jubilee of Biafra).
“It is a matter of spirituality not a street talk. Like Christ did conquer the world through preaching the gospel, that is how we shall beget Biafra through the words of God. When Christ came he did not discriminate against any religion that had existed before his time. “Th erefore, we are not discriminating against any religion. We are also not against Kanu. We shall always abide by the objective of IPOB which gave power of attorney to BILIE human right initiative, a registered human rights group that fi ght for Biafrans in Nigeria and in the Diaspora.
We are working with caution and due process. It is only God and rule of law that can give us Biafra, not Kanu.” Continuing, he said: “Biafrans are not lawless people. Anambra state gubernatorial election must hold. Enugu state local government election must hold. I must add that nobody can stop elections in Biafra land. We have every right to vote and be voted for. Th e issues of Biafra cannot stop the election. Even though we are not against Kanu and the way he is going to about his agitation, we are totally against his pronouncement because one man cannot speak for Biafrans.”
On the quit notice threats by some northern youths to the Igbo resident in that part of the country, Ugwu urged his kinsmen in the North not to panic as his group had written to the law enforcement agents to help protect them from any form of harassment arising from the call. “Th e indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) as citizens of Nigeria among other citizens, must be under proper supervision and guidance by the use of acceptable universal practice in accordance statement from customary/private, local, state and under Nigeria constitution and rules of International law which Nigeria is signatory to.”
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