By Clifford Ndujihe
THE Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has suspended talks with leaders of apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo and South-East governors and revoked the ceasefire it announced after the first meeting it had with the leaders in Enugu.
These measures, according to IPOB Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, were taken ‘’following the inability of Ohaneze Ndigbo and South East governors to de-proscribe the activities of IPOB in line with the stated objectives of the Prof. Ben Nwabueze-convened peace initiative.’’
Therefore, ‘’the leadership of IPOB hereby suspends, with immediate effect, any future contact or participation in meetings involving Ohanaeze Ndigbo leadership or South East governors. The ceasefire announced as a gesture of goodwill after the first Enugu meeting is now officially revoked with no hope of future reinstatement,’’ he said in a statement, yesterday.
The statement read in part: ‘’Mindful of posterity and our deep respect for Prof. Nwabueze, who personally pleaded that we suspend all negative comments and verbal attacks against Ohanaeze Ndigbo, we duly obliged by announcing a binding cessation of all hostilities against corrupt Igbo leaders despite the fact they knowingly and actively connived with Fulani overlords to kill IPOB activists, invade the home of our leader with the intention to kill him out of petty jealousy over his popularity and acceptance by the people. That our leader and his parents are still missing is a direct consequence of the connivance of Igbo leaders with their Fulani masters to destroy the agitation for Biafra.
“IPOB towed this path of peaceful dialogue because of our deep respect for our more honourable and truthful elders, whose wise counsel compelled us to give peace a chance. What has transpired over the past two months, culminating in the failed August 8, 2018 meeting in Enugu, has clearly demonstrated the unwillingness of Ohanaeze Ndigbo and South-East governors to breakaway from their slavish master-servant relationship with the Fulani caliphate. These unrepentant collaborators and instigators of Operation Python Dance abused the privilege IPOB ceasefire afforded them by seeking to turn the meeting into an endorsement of an Igbo candidate for PDP vice presidential slot in the coming 2019 elections.
No more meetings with Igbo leaders, S-East govs
‘’Under such circumstance, we felt the meeting had lost its purpose, hence the need for us to pull out of any talks, which consequently brought the entire process to an end.
“As a result of these meetings, any lingering doubt that Ohanaeze Ndigbo, South-East governors and some Abuja-based political jobbers instigated Operation Python Dance, has been dispelled by their inability to lift the proscription they themselves imposed on IPOB. Fulani governors of the North never proscribed murderous Boko Haram or terrorist herdsmen, but Igbo governors and politicians hastily proscribed the only movement, IPOB, fighting for the masses because they want to continue enjoying Abuja patronage. As the masses continue to wallow in abject poverty and oppression, these Igbo sell-out leaders, their families and cronies will continue to live large courtesy of their all powerful Fulani masters, who can make or break them”.