The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has lambasted southeast Governors for disowning and condemning the group and its security outfit, Eastern Security Network (ESN).
Th e Editor Nigeria earlier reported that the governors and leaders on Saturday said they are against agitations for Biafra by IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu.
In a communique issued after a meeting in Enugu State, the South-East Governors disclosed that they believe in one united Nigeria under a platform of justice, equality of rights, fairness, love, and respect for one another.
Reacting in a statement issued by its Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, IPOB said the Igbo leaders had since lost grip and control of the masses.
The proscribed group explained that the move was a desperate attempt to regain the trust of their paymasters.
While describing the governors as hypocrites, IPOB wondered how the same individuals who expressed readiness to hold peace talks with them would turn around and disown them.
The statement read in part, â€œThe attention of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) ably led by our great leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, has been drawn to the purported disowning and condemnation of IPOB and the Eastern Security Network, ESN, by the frustrated South East Governors and few self-centered political leaders in the region.
â€œWe are not however, surprised because they were the same people to proscribe us before the federal government tagged us terrorists.
â€œThe purported statement by these shameless political generals without foot soldiers has only further exposed them as Caliphate boot-leakers. They know too well that they have since lost grip and control of the masses, hence, their desperation to regain the trust of their paymasters.
â€œThe only publicly disowned IPOB thinking that doing so will make them regain the trust and favour of the Caliphate.
â€œThe governors, Ohanaeze Ndigbo and the handful traitors masquerading as the Igbo political elite should wake up to the realities that they have since lost the confidence of the people. We understand the worry of these governors: They are rattled by the unflinching support and loyalty of the masses to IPOB.
â€œItâ€™s only unfortunate, shameful and disgraceful that the so-called Igbo leaders will be quick to disown and betray their own in their quest to appease their slave masters. The South East Governors again, in 2017 they sat together in Enugu State to proscribe IPOB and federal government declared them terrorists with the support of South East Governors while they are not.
â€œTo their shame, how many times have their Northern counterparts disowned the bloody terrorists, bandits and Fulani herdsmen rampaging the country?
â€œSo, the South East self-acclaimed Leaders are quick to disown IPOB and ESN, yet they are calling us to accept the calls for peaceful negotiations? What a hypocrisy!
â€œHow can South East governors be so desperate for power beyond 2023 that they can sacrifice anything and anybody for personal gains? In case they donâ€™t know, even the Northerners they are trying to impress understand the handwriting on the wall. They know that the governors are on their own. They canâ€™t decide for the over 70 million Biafrans home and abroad.
â€œHow can five South East governors determine the fate of over 70m people? These South East Vassals should know that during referendum, they only have one vote just like the man on the street.
â€œIf these politicians are discerning enough, they should know that they should first push for referendum to determine if the people they pretend to be speaking for actually have their support. No matter their pretenses, our people are tired of One Nigeria. They have since opted for Biafra, and there is no going back on this irrevocable resolve!
â€œWe want to unequivocally declare again, that the five South East governors and the few self-appointed Igbo elite are too infinitesimal to speak for the millions of Biafrans who are tired of being held hostage in this contraption called Nigeria. They donâ€™t even command the loyalty of all their appointees let alone the egalitarian Igbo nation that never gave them the stolen mandate they parade.
â€œAnybody listening to these traitors does so to his peril. There is no negotiation on the peopleâ€™s resolve to restore Biafra where human dignity will be respected.â€