IPOB warns Buhari to stay away from the South- East

Chidi Samuel

The Indigenous People of Biafra(IPOB), the dissident group fighting for the actualization of a Biafran State for the Igbo speaking people in the present day Nigeria has warned President Muhammadu Buhari to ‘stay clear’ of the South-East. President Buhari is scheduled to declare open the South-East Economic Summit in Enugu on Thursday, 22nd of December 2016.

In a statement on Monday signed by its spokespersons, Emma Nze and Clifford Iloanya the group said that Buhari must stay clear of Biafraland or have himself to blame for the outcome of any such visit’, and warned the President to abort the planned visit, for his own good. IPOB also warned Igbo governors and other political leaders against hosting Buhari in Enugu or any other part of the South-East.

The pro Biafran group specifically stated in the statement that the Enugu State governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, and other leaders should be held responsible for any breakdown of law and order in the state if Buhari goes ahead to visit the Coal City on December 22.

Part of the statement by IPOB read,  “We object totally to this visit. We warn that any governor or Igbo politician that receives Buhari in Enugu will have himself or herself to blame.

“We make it public that should there be a breakdown of law and order in Enugu on the 22nd of December, greedy Igbo politicians will have themselves to blame.

“Any Igbo governor or politician that is found among those hobnobbing with Buhari becomes an enemy of the people and shall pay dearly for it.”

The group which stepped up its campaign for the Independent state of Biafra since the swearing in of President Muhammadu Buhari as President of Nigeria in May 2015 also called for the release its leader, Nnamdi Kanu and all detained pro-Biafra agitators.