By Anayo Okoli.
UMUAHIA—THE Ngwa people of Abia State have rejected the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, and its activities, saying that the group was not genuinely championing the Igbo interest.
They even alleged that IPOB was being used by “a group of politicians to cause trouble and unleash their devilish plots on Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, Ngwa and Ukwa people”.
They said that they never believed in IPOB and its activities, saying that they never genuinely worked for the interest of Ndigbo.
The position of Ngwa people was made known through a press statement issued by the Ezeukwu Executive Council and the Nzuko Ukwu Ngwaukwu General Assembly of Ngwaukwu Ancestral Kingdom, which lamented that the Ngwa and Ukwa people have not fully recovered from what they suffered during the Nigeria-Biafra civil war.
Entitle “the position of Ngwaukwu, the ancestral home land of of Ngwa people on the matter of IPOB and security challenges in Abia State” which was signed by Nze Joe Nwogu, the traditional prime minister and Samuel Azumara, the Palace Secretary, they accused IPOB of ventilating Igbo issues in a very wrong way.
Read by Nwogu, the statement said: “The experiences of Ngwa and Ukwa people as the pariahs of the last Biafra-Nigeria civil war of 1967-1970 are still too fresh to be forgotten to the extent of being part of any move or activities that will make another outbreak of war inevitable.
“The quest/agitation for Igbo interests, especially in the area of justice, equity and manifest sense of belonging is acceptable as that is within arm bit of the laws of Nigeria.
“The ways and manner the IPOB has so far pretended to champion the Igbo[Biafra] agitation are far from being genuine as the IPOB has rather tended to be a sovereignty within a sovereignty, which is not allowable.
“The IPOB should not be allowed to go on bastardizing or contradicting the existence and efforts of Ohaneze Ndigbo which is a better organized, experienced and intelligent body/platform to ventilate Igbo issues, interests and agitations”, Ngwa people said.
They also alleged that the IPOB was a tool by unnamed “some Abia desperate politicians working towards imposing a state of emergency on Abia State to oust Governor Okezie Ikpeazu from office.
“We are aware that this group of politicians has found the IPOB security challenges a veritable platform/avenue to unleash their devilsh plots on the Governor, Ngwa and Ukwa people and other well meaning Abians as they stoke the fire of insurgency among IPOB boys by misinforming them that the Governor was conniving with the Presidency and the Federal Government to wipe IPOB away by killing the members”, the statement said.