From Geoffrey Anyanwu, Awka
Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) yesterday accused the Federal Government of perfecting plans to cause disaffection between the Igbo speaking Biafrans and the Ijaw and bring them into a collision.
In a statement issued by IBOP’s spokesman, Emma Powerful and made available to newsmen in Awka, the group noted that the federal government had seen the unity and seriousness with which the two ethnic nationalities were pursuing the liberation of the Biafran people and therefore decided to create non-existent splinter groups of IPOB towards causing enmity between the Igbo speaking Biafrans and the Ijaw.
The statement alleged that by creating perceived splinter groups of IPOB and giving its leader an Ijaw name, the government was attempting to pitch the Igbo against the Ijaw.
The statement reads in part: “By carefully inserting a fabricated Ijaw name as the leader of this non-existent group of reprobates (for RE-IPOB), Buhari is looking to generate enmity between the Igbo-speaking part of Biafra and the people of Ijaw.
“In Buhari’s thinking, he hopes to further make the restoration of Biafra an impossibility by entrenching perpetual enmity among various sections of Biafra land.”
IPOB also berated the leaders of Ohaneze Ndigbo, describing them as political jobbers who were not ashamed of their lowly political status in Nigeria. The spokesman assured that “those thinking that IPOB is a pushover group are in for a shock.
We will make them understand that no amount of divide and rule tactic will prevail.”
He recalled that IPOB leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu had on August 10, 2015, predicted the creation of fake IPOB groups, and had since then prepared for it.
Some groups had last week alleged that the splinter groups of IPOB were the creation of the federal government through the Department of State Services (DSS).