Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has berated the president of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo, three out of the five South east governors over what it said was their historical ignorance of canvassing that 12 hours of buying and selling is more important than honouring the brave Biafra men and women that fought they may live.
IPOB accused the Ohaneze president and the South East governors who it described as the “caliphate slaves” within of canvassing against her declaration of May 30, as sit-at-home for the remembrance of 3.5m Biafrans killed during the Nigerian civil war and at other times.
It named the governors to be David Umahi of Ebonyi, Willie Obiano of Anambra and Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia.
In a release signed by comrade Emma Powerful, media and publicity secretary of IPOB, the group said, “It has been brought to our attention that the usual suspects are it once again in their bid to undermine the collective will of all patriotic and genuine children of Biafra to honour those that died for us and 3.5 million victims of the second largest holocaust in modern history.
“Rather than anger, we feel pity for these collection of desperados who through their hatred for freedom and historical ignorance are canvassing that 12 hours of buying and selling is more important than honouring the brave men and women that fought they may live. It is the height of ingratitude, treachery and exhibition of crass ignorance that those who claim to be educated in this day and age do not understand the significance nor appreciate the symbolism of honouring those unjustly killed”.
IPOB said it was disheartening that Nwodo and the governors led by Chief Dave Umahi would come out yet again to lead the effort to discredit this year’s planned honouring of the spirit of 3.5 million Biafrans, while they bore witnesses to the recent visit of vice president Yemi Osinbajo to Rwanda to remember the 150,000 victims of genocide.
“Why didn’t Nnia Nwodo’s treacherous Ohaneze and the Fulani herdsmen loving Dave Umahi issue a statement condemning Yemi Osinbajo for attending the memorial in Rwanda? What Nnia Nwodo and Dave Umahi are saying in essence is that 150,000 Rwandan genocide victims are more important than 3.5 million of their own Biafran people slaughtered in similar circumstances from 1967 to 1970?
The group went further to say that any leader worth his salt would canvass for Nigeria to understand the need to declare May 30, a national public holiday, adding that “not these traitors, all they care about is their little competition to see who among them will win their coveted Best Fulani Slave in the South East and South-South Award 2019”.
IPOB reminded Ohaneze and the governors that Israel only a few days ago observed the annual Jewish holocaust memorial which it said had been running 70 years.
“In November 11, 2018, world leaders attended the Armistice Day commemoration in Paris to remember those that fell in the First World War. This remembrance has been running for over 100 years. Britain that created Nigeria observe the same annual 11th minute of the 11th hour of the 11th month at the Cenotaph in London every year without fail.
“Only those with a history of colluding with the enemy like Ohaneze and Igbo governors can come out against honouring the memory of their own people.
“We know we live in an era of betrayal when mouthing nonsense against IPOB is considered a lucrative business because it attracts the attention of Aso Rock which often leads to financial reward. All inconsequential mushroom groups in the name of Biafra or Igbo hoping to attract favours from Aso Rock by issuing anti-May 30th sit at home statements will have themselves to blame in the future.
“These Nigeria by day and Biafra at night mushroom groups without presence or followership in Biafra land have failed in the past and will fail again because as usual, there will be total compliance with the sit-at-home order come May 30th because IPOB is the people and the people is IPOB”.
The group said such unscrupulous individuals, groups and politicians particularly some Igbo governors and Ohaneze Ndigbo can rant all they like on the pages of newspapers, but that IPOB must remember their fallen heroes and heroines who paid the ultimate price for the present generation to be alive today.