The Indigenous People of Biafra
(IPOB) said it would not hesitate to invoke the right to self-defence should
security agents attempt to kill any of their members during peaceful protests.
The group said Biafrans were
naturally law abiding and peaceful people without the history of conquest like
any other major ethnic nationality in Nigeria.
A statement by the Media and
Publicity Secretary of IPOB, Mr. Emma Powerful said it adopted non-violent
approach which is one of the stipulated and laid down rules of the United
It said IPOB led by Nnamdi Kanu
would at all times, abide by the principle unless provoked.
It noted that the mission of IPOB
was to get Biafra, regardless of the human and material cost. He said there
would be no talk of negotiation until its leader, Kanu and other members
detained illegally were released unconditionally as two courts of competent
jurisdiction have ruled in Abuja.
The statement read: “We are highly
committed to making sure Biafra comes under the command of our ordained leader
and prophet, Nnamdi Kanu.
“Freedom fighting is not a child’s
play. If one is not mentally and spiritually strong or has the toughness to
stay on course, that person is advised to stay away. We are hitting the target
and we want to restore Biafra to stop the suffering of this generation and
“The mission of IPOB is to get
Biafra regardless of the human and material cost. We want a nation where our
people will be unshackled from the chains of slavery.
“The work to restore Biafra is a
call from God Almighty and no man can stop the agitation unless Biafra is
“What we are doing is voluntary
work knowing well that we are fighting for our survival and that of our
“Nevertheless, as long as we are
genuinely and wholeheartedly fighting for the freedom of our people, we must
have some challenges; our leader is making his own sacrifices for the sake of
70 million Biafrans worldwide. We, the followers of his gospel of restoration
of Biafra must make our own challenges in one way or the other in order for
Biafra to come.
“Many have made the supreme
sacrifice at Igweocha, River State, Aba in Abia State, Nkpor and Onitsha in
Anambra State for which Biafra and posterity will never forget.
“We shall honour all those that
fell on this long and painful march to freedom.
“IPOB, with its calculated peaceful
approach has earned world recognition. European Union, other international
bodies and recognised institutions in the world have taken time to study IPOB’s