Posted by Ifeoma Okafor, Awka | 4 March 2018 | 1,604 times
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) on Saturday took a swipe at Igbo leaders, accusing them of undermining the collective interest of the Igbos.
The group, however, exonerated Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, saying that the rest are mere errand boys for Abuja and the caliphate.
IPOB in a statement made available to journalists in Awka by the Media and Publicity secretary, Comrade Emma Powerful, accused Igbo leaders of being visibly terrified of their Fulani masters and would not want to do anything to jeopardise their cherished lucrative relationship with their masters in the North.
The statement said: “The supposedly apex socio-cultural organisation, Ohaneaze Ndigbo is considerably worse. We never thought Ohanaeze Ndigbo couldn’t sink any lower after the shambolic Chief Gary Enwo-Igariwe administration but what is confronting us today in Nnia Nwodo is a man who was made by the North and prepared to supervise the genocidal massacre of his own people in order to ensure the interest of the North is always protected or better put, to ensure that Igbos remain subservient to the North in perpetuity.
“The problem of bad leadership in Igboland started immediately after the war. From the imposition of the traitor Ukpabi Asika as the governor of the then East Central State, who openly campaigned alongside Yakubu Gowon against Ojukwu, Igbos have never had good honest leaders. They have honest social critics and commentators but rarely good leaders.
“Every leader you see in Igbo land today was placed in office by the caliphate. The Fulani caliphate decides who becomes governor, senator, Ohanaeze Ndigbo president general and so on. What you have in Igboland are hungry informants masquerading as leaders.
“These supposedly Igbo leaders are on record as being the first set of people to condemn IPOB and invite Hausa Fulani soldiers to come and kill Biafrans. Willie Obiano, Okezie Ikpeazu, Dave Umahi, Rochas Okorocha, Nnia Nwodo and a few senators directly instigated Operation Python Dance II.
“Many people don’t know that IPOB has even more significant presence in Igweocha (Rivers State) than anywhere else in Biafra land but you don’t hear Ijaw, Ikwerre Igbo, Ndoni or even Ogoni politicians castigate IPOB the way Igbo politicians do on a regular basis. That tells you all you need to know about where their loyalty lies.
“Yoruba elders never publicly condemned OPC, Arewa Consultative Forum till date. Hausas have not offered any categorical condemnation of Boko Haram and Fulani herdsmen but Igbo leaders themselves canvassed this m Fulani government to deploy soldiers to the South East to kill innocent agitators.
“These same leaders never ran to Buhari to send soldiers to stop Fulani herdsmen from slaughtering our people all over Enugu State. But when it came to IPOB agitating to free everybody from the Nigerian bondage we all are in, they found the courage to invite the army to invade Igboland.”
On the issue of the group’s rejection of late Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, IPOB said: “History is replete with his accomplishments and miscalculations.
“Zik was an impediment to Igbo and Biafra progress within Nigeria hence our repudiation of all that he stood for.
“Zik’s dream and greed to lead the world’s biggest black nation just to rub shoulders with the western leaders put us in this mess. It was that unrealisable aspiration and unproductive ambition that ensured we ended up being led by people whose value system is irreconcilable with ours.
“Despite his undoubted brilliance and intellect, he was not a very good politician. He remains till date the only person that led an independence struggle and never got the chance to lead the country after independence. Unfortunately, present-day Igbo leaders have continued in that failed politics of Zik.
“That is why today we are discussing cows instead of industries, science and technology, begging Fulanis to stop killing their fellow Nigerians and to allow the existence of Nigeria to be negotiated into acceptable standard of governance to usher in political stability, economic growth and modern development.”
IPOB stressed that the only way out is to dissolve Nigeria, saying that anything short of it is cosmetic and will be resisted by the group.
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