By Vincent Ujumadu
Awka— THE Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, said, weekend, that its actions towards the restoration of Biafra were legal within the ambits of the Nigerian law.
Reacting to an interview by an elder statesman, Alhaji Tanko Yakassai, published in a national newspaper, Media and Publicity Secretary of IPOB, Mr. Emma Powerful, said it was unfortunate that many Nigerians had failed to realize that IPOB was unstoppable in its quest to actualize Biafra.
He said: “What IPOB under the leadership of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is doing is completely legal and backed 100 per cent by Nigerian law.
“The fact that President Muhammadu Buhari decided to launch what can be described as malicious persecution of Nnamdi Kanu and IPOB, does not make it illegal. Again, a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja had on February 6, 2017 declared IPOB a legal organization.
“We are aware that Alhaji Tanko Yakassai was misinformed about the situation on the ground concerning the moves going on towards the restoration of Biafra. He and his fellow Nigerians must know that IPOB is unstoppable because we will continue to die for Biafra, until Biafra is restored.
“It is unfortunate that an elderly man like Yakassai cannot tell the correct history to the young ones, but rather deceiving the gullible people. No divide and rule tactics can come between Biafra and the people because they have one value system, culture, tradition and religion.”
He wondered why Yakassai did not see anything wrong with the geographical expression called Nigeria, blaming the situation on the late Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe who, he said, allowed himself to be tricked and used by the then British government to keep Nigeria one.
According to him, Biafra existed before Nigeria was created in 1914 by Frederic Luggard, arguing that as every product made by man has an expiry date and must come to an end, Nigeria would end, while Biafra would remain.
While insisting that what IPOB was doing was beyond the powers of man because it was predicted over 400 years ago, he boasted that there would be no negotiation of any sort unless the government released Nnamdi Kanu and other members detained in prisons and security cells across the country.