Reiterating their demand for a referendum rather than the amnesty that Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the Igbo elite sociocultural group, has suggested, is the Indigenous People of Biafra, or IPOB.
IPOB said that President Bola Tinubu’s request for amnesty for IPOB members and the release of its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, was unfounded and misinformed from Ohanaeze President-General, Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu.
The IPOB spokeswoman, Emma Powerful, emphasized that Kanu and his followers had not declared war on the Federal Government of Nigeria.
According to a statement released by Powerful, “We disagree with the statement made by Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, who was pleading with President Ahmed Bola Tinubu of the Federal Government of Nigeria to release Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and grant amnesty to IPOB members.”
“As much as we support his appeal for Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s release, his proposal to pardon IPOB members is ill-advised, unfounded, and incomprehensible. The release of Mazi Nnamdi Okwuchukwu Kanu, our leader, and a Biafra Referendum overseen by the UN are what IPOB need.
“We vehemently disagree with Chief Iwanyanwu’s demand for a bogus amnesty, as IPOB members are not lawbreakers.” We are an agitation group for self-determination. We have not launched an offensive against the Nigerian federal government, despite all of their provocations.
“We are not engaged in conflict over our abundant resources. To protect our lives, we are unarmed freedom warriors fighting for the independence and sovereignty of the Biafran people.
We have to achieve Biafra, which is what we desire. Nobody should hold IPOB responsible for what occurs if Nigeria does not provide us a referendum so that Biafrans may determine their future in this unholy and unworkable one-Nigeria.”