By: Awesome Ekene
Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has expressed dismay over what it termed unpatriotic moves by certain Southeast elders begging Northern elders for President of Igbo extraction ahead of the 2023 general elections.
The group, in a statement from its Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, said it was not looking for any President of Igbo extraction under the present Nigeria.
It maintained that its primary concern was the unconditional release of its leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, advising the Igbo elders to rather channel their energy to that course.
IPOB further warned the elders not to contemplate using its name and leader to bargain their ways into political office or be ready to face the consequences.
The statement reads in part, “Our attention has been drawn to the unpatriotic moves by some unreliable elders in Biafraland who are begging the Alamajiri elders for President of Nigeria from Igbo stock in 2023.
“We want to make it categorically clear to desperate Igbo politicians both elders and self-acclaimed leaders that IPOB under Mazi Nnamdi KANU is not looking for any Nigeria President of Igbo extraction under the present contraption called Nigeria.
“Again, IPOB will never be party to their begging and fawning for a transient political office at the detriment of our freedom. They must understand that our singular concern is the unconditional release of our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
“If our elders think they can use IPOB and Nnamdi KANU to bargain their ways into political office then they are in for the shock of their life. We are keenly watching developments and taking record of them.
“Some self-appointed Igbo Leaders desperate for power in 2023 should refrain from making unguarded utterances that make the entire Igbo race a laughing stock by Northerners. It makes no sense to be desperate over power shift in 2023 while illustrious Igbo son Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is still in detention.
“IPOB members that died did not die because of Igbo President of the Zoological Republic of Nigeria. What we need at this very point in time is the unconditional release of our Leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
“It is better Igbo politicians, businessmen, elders, traditional rulers, religious leaders and acclaimed leaders including Ohaneze Ndigbo should retrace their steps and carry themselves with dignity at all times.
“They must realise that the Northern oligarchy and the Fulani cabal controlling Nigeria will never allow or support any Igbo man to become President of Nigeria. It doesn’t matter how such a stooge wish to please them, they have bitterness against the Igbo. So, it’s better they focus on fighting for Biafra restoration.
“Any bargains against this divine mandate will not succeed. We call on Igbo politicians, elders and traditional rulers including Ohaneze Ndigbo to come back; there is no road in that path they are towing.”