IPOB Reaffirms Non Participation in Nigeria Politics, Insists on a UN-Supervised Referendum
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) on Monday gave conditions for participating in the nation's politics.
The group said it would only be interested in politics if the Federal Government would fix a date for a referendum to determine Biafra's fate as a sovereign state.
In a statement by its Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, IPOB insisted that anything short of a United Nations' supervised referendum to determine Biafra, it would not be interested in national affairs.
It described as laughable and disgraceful statement credited to the Inspector General of Police linking its security outfit, Eastern Security Network (ESN) to their alleged planned attacks on political campaigns and elections.
The seperatist group warned the Federal Government to leave it alone, stressing that it remained focused on its mission and would not be attracted for whatever reason.
The statement partly reads: "We have always maintained that we are not interested in anything that has to do with Nigeria let alone taking any side in their fraudulent political process. IPOB are not zoo politicians. The only political process that IPOB will participate in is a UN supervised Biafra Referendum that will usher in Biafra Sovereignty and Independence.
"Anyone intending to link ESN Operative, Volunteers, including IPOB members in their planned political attacks is deluded and regret will always be their portion.
"IPOB has remained peaceful and nonviolent in our quest of seeking Biafra freedom from Nigeria State and no amount of blackmail can change our resolve to restore Biafra from the shackles of Nigeria Government.
"Nigeria Government should leave IPOB/ESN alone. We are bigger than their political strategies. They can link or lure other groups into Nigeria Politics but not IPOB because we remain focused on our mission and can't be attracted to what we abhor. We abhor anything in Nigeria and can't be attracted to what we have rejected.
"The whole world should know that IPOB is not interested in the selection process they call election in Nigeria because it doesn't meet our standards to achieve Biafra freedom. IPOB will achieve Biafra freedom, not through Nigeria politics or election but through a UN supervised referendum or an outright declaration of BIAFRA."