FROM DAVID ONWUCHEKWA, NNEWI
THE crisis in the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) degenerated yesterday, as, its Government/ Media Representative, Chinedu Asuzu berated two of the organisation’s chieftains- Mr Clifford Iroanya and Emma Mmezu, accusing them of having lost the organisation’s traditional values and as such should be disregarded.
Chinedu was reacting to a statement credited to the duo resident in the United States of America and the United Kingdom respectively. The two had reportedly accused the Deputy Chairman of the Supreme Council of Elders of Indigenous People of Biafra, Dr Dozie Ikedife, as a ‘stooge’ of the ruling APC government under President Muhammadu Buhari.
But, the group’s spokesman said the statement was unfortunate and lacked logic. His words: “Ours is a respected and responsible group. Dr Ikedife is among the courageous elders in Igboland that was instrumental to the Biafra legal suit against Nigerian Government .This is verifiable with Suit
No FHC/OW/ CS/192/2013.It is also on record that Clifford Iroanya and his cohorts wrote Nigerian Government to discontinue this celebrated court case as they believe in violence to achieve Biafra. But that is not possible.
On the issue of Nnamdi Kanu-led IPOB being a global giant, Chinedu explained that the IPOB is not a group, but a people scattered all over the world demanding a separate existence from Nigeria. He told the press that the Nigerian Government knew the real people behind the Biafran struggle were men of proven integrity.
In the same vein, the Chief Editor of Biafra Voice International, UK, Comrade Nnabuike Nnadede, said that the Biafran agitators were lucky to have a leader such as Dr Ikedife, Ikenga Nnewi. The media chief advised all Biafrans to come under the authority of the Supreme Council of Elders of Indigenous People of Biafra, to be taken serious by the international community, “rather than join noise makers and people who are frustrated, dejected and jobless, seeking relevance…”
Meanwhile, an octogenarian and pro-Biafra activist, Sir R.O.Okereke, has made a fresh call for another dimension to actualize the self-determination dream of the more than 15 states in Nigeria to be known as the United States of Biafra.
Okereke, who spoke in Ozubulu, Ekwusigo Local Government Area of Anambra State, said that the general elections of 2015 in which the All Progressives Congress (APC) won in 20 and a half states and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), 15 and a half clearly indicated that those in the PDP states should come together by way of diplomacy and present to the United Nations, European Union and African Union their choice of government and interim officers for early approval and take off period.