From Stanley Uzoaru, Owerri
The crack within the group of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) seemed to be widening as the group led by Nnamdi Kanu has disassociated itself from the purported Biafra in Exile Government set up by a former deputy of the group and other expelled members .
In a statement on Sunday by it’s spokesperson, Emma Powerful it denied the claim, insisting that IPOB is still fighting for its struggle legitimately .
While urging people to disregad the speculation Powerful said “IPOB has legitimate and well established Institutions and well-structured administrative hierarchy that oversees the day- to-day running of Biafra affairs.
“Already, all Diplomatic Missions and countries of the world know about Biafra agitation and they communicate with IPOB as the responsible authority that overseas the affairs of the Biafran people be it Nationally or Internationally.
“IPOB has international contacts and connections not through any worthless Government In Exile but through our established Institutions and Structures .
” So, anybody or group peddling or claiming to have set up Government In Exile has again embarked on a jamboree like those who came before them claiming to have formed a government in Exile at one point in time.
“They simply do not deserve to be given any attention because this is the avenue that the Nigerian government wants to us to water down our agitation for total freedom. ” Powerful said.
He however attributed the claims to some expelled members and a former deputy of to Kanu who he said have earlier suggested such government but could not be accepted by their leader.
“We are not unaware that some dissidents expelled from IPOB including a former Deputy to our Leader had once suggested this Government In Exile to our Leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, but he did not buy into it knowing fully how needless it is at this stage of our struggle.
“But unfortunately, now that our Leader is in detention, these same elements saw it as an opportunity to actualise their selfish ambition by quickly claiming to have set up the non-existent GIE. We know that their ultimate aim is to use it to sell the Biafra struggle to our enemies but they have failed woefully.
“We knew that many Infiltrators sponsored by some unfortunate politicians are fighting strongly to sell Biafra freedom through their main Infiltrator hiding in Finland. He has run out of gimmicks to stay afloat, hence, he decided to resort to the latest claims of purported GIE gimmick to deceive his gullible followers.
“Therefore, everybody should ignore and disregard the purported GIE because the motive is ulterior and sinister. Biafra has established and recognised channels through which it operates and communicate with world leaders and government without needing or having to call that channel a government in exile. ” Powerful stated.