The Indigenous People Of Biafra says it has no pact with a dissident group running Radio Biafra out of the United States and plotting to actualise a Biafran government in exile.
The separatist group, in a statement by its spokesman, Emma Powerful, on Wednesday, stated that “IPOB is not part of the formation of Biafra government in exile anywhere.”
He emphasised that “there are no factions whatsoever in IPOB, and we do not have any link with autopilot groups” adding that “Any group operating under whatever name or disguise outside IPOB under the leadership of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and the Directorate of State (DOS) is on its own.”
Contrary to some media reports, IPOB also denied that it plans to print Biafran currency and other state paraphernalia. It stressed that while its ultimate dream is to realise a sovereign state of Biafran, it currently has no plan to do so.
Parts of the statement read further: “The people behind the shambolic Radio Biafra government in exile in the USA are not IPOB members, and they should stop linking themselves to IPOB. We have often made it clear to Biafrans that IPOB has no hand in the purported Biafra government in exile.
“Those piloting governments in exile in the USA are not IPOB members, and they don’t mean well for Biafra freedom and restoration. They are politicians and not a non-violent freedom fighting movement like IPOB.”
The IPOB spokesman warned Igbos to “stop following noise makers who disguise as people in Biafra struggle to distract IPOB and call attention to themselves. Our people should stop being emotional about the Biafra Independence so that they don’t get fooled easily.
“There is time for everything as the struggle progresses. IPOB is carefully and patiently implementing every strategy toward our freedom,” he said.
The Institute for Economics and Peace recently retracted its listing of IPOB among the top 10 deadliest terror groups in the world.