Nigerian south eastern separatist group rejects 2023 elections
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has said in a statement released , Wednesday that the actualisation of the Republic of Biafra was more paramount than a “zoological election” in 2023.
Emma Powerful, spokesman for the banned group was responding to a statement from Sheikh Ahmad Gumi the Islamic cleric who is suspected of having links to bandits for saying that the agitation for Biafra has cooled in the south east since the emergence of Peter Obi as the likely candidate to win in 2023. “IPOB does not engage with any shambolic selection process they call ‘Nigeria election’ and we are not interested in their fraudulent ways of selecting the president of Nigeria because we do not believe in Nigeria anymore.” The statement read.
IPOB also in the statement promised to use peaceful methods in achieving the independence of Biafra from Nigeria in line with international best practices.
Acknowledging that Peter Obi has the best skills to govern Nigeria as its president it was an unfortunate development.
“We have said it before now that IPOB does not know Peter Obi and Peter Obi does not know IPOB. If Peter Obi knows IPOB, its aims and objectives, he wouldn’t have come out in the first place to contest to waste his wealth and vast knowledge, talent and wisdom endowed with experience which God Almighty gave and blessed Biafrans with, in the Zoological Republic.” Powerful stated.
Clarifying that the presidential front runner was not part of the separatist agitation but stopped short of calling him a traitor.
“Therefore, for Peter Obi to have come out to contest for Nigeria president is an indication that he is not on the same page with IPOB and people should not equate him with IPOB agenda, they can say any other thing about him, not Biafra agitation.” The statement stressed.
IPOB in its statement said anybody from the south east region participating in the electoral process was not part of Biafra.
“We can never slow down agitation until Biafra comes. Any Biafran who comes out and joins the election process under Nigeria has publicly proven that he or she is not in the same ideology with IPOB.”
There are growing fears that should Peter Obi lose the election the country might finally split along ethnic and religious lines if the election is not free, fair, is rigged and votes bought with money.