The leadership of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) dares Garba Shehu over call to “crush” those championing the renewed call for the self determination in the Southeast.
IPOB in a statement by its Publicity Secretary, Comrade Emma Powerful described the comment by Shehu as irresponsible, derogatory and provocative.
Powerful in the statement said “The attention of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) under the command and leadership of our great and indomitable leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, has been drawn over the ranting, derogatory, irresponsible and highly provocative remarks by the Presidency through Garba Shehu that the renewed agitation for self determination in the South East was because the federal government had refused to share money to those behind the agitation.
“Shehu went further in his vituperation and threatened military action to crush those he referred to as “the animals disturbing the peace of South East”.
“We therefore, challenge Shehu to mention those the federal government has been paying in the South East to drop the agitation for self determination.
“If he fails to disclose the identities of the beneficiaries and evidence of such payments, we will take it to be one of the shameless lies which have become the trademark of the Muhammadu Buhari-led Fulani-controlled federal government.
“Without speaking for other proponents of self determination, we know that the federal government of Nigeria has been making frantic but fruitless efforts to induce the leadership of IPOB with money to possibly drop the quest for Biafran restoration.
“Federal Government has severally but without success, attempted to buy over our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, making him some irresistible offers.
“But if there were any Efulefus parading self as Igbo leader that accepted their offer, we can assure them that such Efulefus cannot penetrate IPOB.
“IPOB is not, has never been, and will never be interested in the crumbs from federal government of Nigeria.
“We also wish to remind the Fulani Presidency that only a certified and unconscionable moron will ever equate money to the motive behind the growing agitation for self determination across Nigeria. If money is what we want, we know what to do to get more money.
“How many times in the past did our leader reject your financial inducements? If you know those people that asked the late Buhari, Jubril Al Sudani or Yusuf Abubakar Mohammad for money, we are begging you to please publish their names.
“As a people, Biafrans are enterprising and we don’t think we are behind any region in terms of affluence and economic security despite the oppressive policies of this 97 percent versus 5 percent Government targeted against our hardworking illustrious sons and daughters and the monopolistic tendencies of the Fulani Janjaweed.
“Our aim for Biafra agitation is freedom! We are tired of sharing a geographical space with terrorists. We are tired of being ruled by government officials who dine and wine with terrorists but brutalise and kill law abiding freedom fighters.
“We are tired of being ruled by a government that pays ransom to bandits, frees terrorists but jails unarmed protesters. We are tired of oppressive government that promotes nepotism and injustice.
“Nothing can change our resolve to free Biafra from the Nigeria bondage. No amount of propaganda by Government can make us change our mind. In case Shehu and his Presidency don’t know, BIAFRA is more imminent than they think.
“The night is far spent, and the new dawn is almost here with the Rising Sun of our great nation at the threshold!
“The threat by the Presidency to order military operation to crush the animals disturbing the peace in South East, has simply confirmed our alarm all the while that the federal government is the one sponsoring the escalating insecurity in the zone to provide an excuse for another military operation to kill more innocent Biafrans.
“It’s only unfortunate that the political elite for their selfish interests have failed to realise this.
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“But we ask the Presidency to first crush the bandits and terrorists overrunning the entire North and middle Belt before embarking on any military operation in the South East, otherwise they may have to prepare very well.”