…..Says NDA fighting for freedom of Biafrans, not resource control
From Jeff Amechi Agbodo, Onitsha
THE Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has pledged support for the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA).
IPOB said the group is fighting for the freedom of the South East people.
The group stated categorically that IPOB, under the leadership of Nnamdi Kanu, has no connection with some groups that have distanced themselves from the NDA.
A statement by IPOB pokespersons, Mr. Emma Nmezu and Dr. Clifford Iroanya said: “NDA has consistently stated that Kanu’s release is a precondition for any discussion with Nigeria.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the NDA is fighting for the freedom of the people of Biafra and not for amnesty payment or for resource control as some commentators would like to believe. When Biafra is finally realised, resources shall be controlled by the owners of the land where those resources are located. What the freedom fighters of NDA are demanding is resource control.
“Amnesty is associated with criminality and the people fighting for their freedom should not be unjustly termed criminals.
“The notion and talk of amnesty for our own freedom fighters (the NDA) is a misnomer and should be taken out of any discourse.
“As far as IPOB and the generality of Biafrans are concerned, the NDA is doing the right thing by demanding freedom of our people.
“Unlike some groups pretending to be Biafran freedom fighters, the NDA and IPOB have a common ideology and objective which is the absolute liberation of the nation of Biafra.
“It is no surprise, therefore, that compromised groups have now come out to distance themselves from genuine efforts of the NDA that is aimed at fulfilling the yearnings and expectations of every Biafran. “We reiterate that IPOB is totally and absolutely in support of the NDA as they march towards the unconditional liberation of our people from the Nigerian government.”