(Jeff Amechi Agbodo, ONITSHA)
Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) yesterday said that no amount of barefaced lies and misinformation will deceive the world from knowing the truth about the genocide committed by the Army against the people they are supposed to be protected from external aggression.
The group said that the Amnesty International (AI) report on the killings of IPOB members on May 30 was spot-on and incontrovertible which would be used to judge the Army and other security agencies at the appropriate time.
A statement by the Spokespersons of IPOB Mr. Emma Nmezu and Dr. Clifford Chukwuemeka Iroanya said that army’s response about the AI was hogwash, fraudulent, and cannot stand the upcoming International Criminal Court (ICC) imprisonment of Buhari, Buratai, IGP, and other killers of unarmed and peaceful Biafrans.
According to the spokespersons “From the report of Amnesty International, it is now crystal clear that Buhari and his murderous soldiers committed crimes against humanity against Biafrans. The ICC will definitely rely on this report and other supporting reports and documents to ensure that justice is meted out to Buhari and his fellow blood thirsty murderers in the Nigerian Army”.
“President Buhari was part of the marauding soldiers that killed over 2 million Biafrans at Owerri in 1968. Prior to the mass murder he committed at Owerri, Buhari was one of the soldiers that stormed the Government House in Ibadan on the 29th of July 1966 and cowardly assassinated his Commander-in-Chief General J. T. U. Aguiyi-Ironsi, a Biafran of Igbo extraction. Historically, Buhari is used to shedding blood and being the head of the Armed forces of Nigeria, it is not a surprise that the Nigerian Army will go to any extent to carry out the dictates of their blood-thirsty commander” they stated.
“IPOB is also aware of the Army’s strategy of persistently associating IPOB with other organizations in order to belittle or smear IPOB’s hard-earned reputation and indirectly give credit to these compromised organizations. It is worthy to re-emphasize that 30th of May Heroes Remembrance Day is a project envisioned, designed, and delivered by IPOB under the leadership of Nnamdi Kanu, not any other group”.
“From the first outing in 2014 to the just-concluded one in 2016, the organizers and participants have been members of IPOB and not any other group or organization. This is the reason for the peaceful and disciplined manner that characterized the 30th May celebrations every year in more than 100 countries and territories around the world”.
“For record purposes, we IPOB make it clear that Nigeria never defeated Biafra but instead it was foreign governments especially that of Harold Wilson, Labour Party Prime Minister of Britain, that convinced Russia and the United States to provide arms to Nigeria, deny Biafra legitimate access to weapons, and ensured international diplomatic shut-out of Biafra. On the 30th of May of each year, we remember these gallant men and women that gave their life that this generation of Biafrans might live” Iroanya and Nmezu stated.