By Vincent Ujumadu & Chimaobi Nwaiwu
FIRST Republic Minister of Aviation, Chief Mbazulike Amaechi, has accused Igbo leaders of betraying the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB and other Biafra agitators.
Speaking with Vanguard in his Amichi home, in Nnewi South Local Government Area of Anambra state, Chief Amaechi said that Igbo leaders instead of directing the IPOB on the way and manner to carry out their agitation for Biafra, betrayed them, thereby making them look as law breakers when they are not.
“Any aggrieved person, group or organisation has the right to engage in agitations for better condition. There is no law that says that when you are maltreated, you should not complain against or to the person maltreating you. But in the case of IPOB, the Igbo leaders who should have directed them on the best way to follow betrayed them.”
According to Chief Amaechi, “Igbo leaders must not support the IPOB, but at the same time, they should not have betrayed them. If you are my leader and I am doing something you do not support, you should not sell me out or betray me the way Igbo leaders betrayed IPOB and other pro-Biafra groups.
“Personally, I believe in one great country which we fought for its creation and independence, with other notable and patriotic Nigerians who do not have the divisive minds like the present leaders of the country have in today’s Nigeria.
“I am very sad that the country I and other nationalists fought very hard for its creation and independence has been betrayed and my side of the people treated as slaves in their country. It is very annoying and saddening.
“Young men have the right to agitate but their leaders have betrayed them. If their leaders do not support them, they should not sell them out or betray them like they have done to IPOB which has been roundly betrayed by Igbo leaders who should guide them.
“IPOB is not a terrorist organisation and they are neither armed nor involved in any kind of violence. MASSOB has been there over the years doing their thing without violence, yet Nigerian government has been after them, but in the North, people are being killed, houses burnt and communities sacked by herdsmen, yet they have not been declared a terrorist group. It is IPOB they declared as a terrorist group.
“When a people as part of a union say they are not happy with the union like the Biafra agitators are doing and embark on protest against the union, the people should be allowed to decide their faith whether to belong or not, it was done in Great Britain.”
No election in Biafra unless…—IPOB
In a related development, the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, vowed yesterday that there would be no election in the South East and some parts of the South –South geopolitical zones in 2019 unless there was a referendum on the status of Biafra before then.
IPOB Media and Publicity Secretary, Comrade Emma Powerful in an interview described the organization’s boycott of the Anambra governorship election in November last year as a test run, adding that it had understood how the government reacted to such a situation and would perfect on it in future.
He said: “We shall continue to boycott elections in Biafraland regardless of the consequences until we get a date for our referendum, which will ultimately ascertain what we Biafrans want.
“The boycott of Anambra governorship election in November 2017 was a test run. We now have a better understanding of how they react to election boycott threats, what tools they deploy including falsification of voter figures, and how they deploy them through INEC to fool the masses.”