The Indigenous People of Biafra have criticized Rabiu Kwankwaso, a former governor of Kano State and presidential candidate for the New Nigeria Peoples Party, claiming that he should not associate the organization with Peter Obi’s aspirations for the Labour Party’s nomination.
The group emphasized that its major goal was the emancipation of the Biafra people, adding that it was not interested in the country’s “corrupt and dishonest” politics.
The group noted that Obi had never been a part of IPOB or advocated for its cause.
This was said by Emma Powerful, the director of media and publicity for IPOB, in a statement on Tuesday that was made accessible to The PUNCH.
“The global family of the Indigenous People of Biafra, under the command and guidance of our great leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, desires to warn the former governor of Kano State Rabiu Kwankwoso not to involve IPOB in the selection process they call election in Nigeria,” the statement said.
“Politicians in Nigeria should stop associating IPOB with Peter Obi, his political aspirations, and his campaign, and Kwankwaso in particular. Peter Obi does not belong to IPOB and has never advocated on our behalf because he has completely different objectives from those of the Indigenous People of Biafra.
“We have no interest in the morally depraved and utterly corrupt political system and environment of Nigeria.
If Kwankwaso feels threatened by the Labour Party and Peter Obi’s rabid support from Nigerian youths from even the North who are talented and creative but downtrodden, mistreated, deceived, deprived, and killed (#Endsars), for whom your generation has no good intentions, he should move past their differences and stop connecting IPOB to their issue.
“IPOB is a disciplined movement, and we do not communicate in contradictory manners,” it continued. Our one and only goal is to free our people from the oppressive conditions that prevent Biafrans from realizing their full potential as human beings, to leave the Nigerian system, and to establish a free and independent Biafran nation where we can use our inherent talents and ingenuity to determine our own fate.
“Peter Obi is not an IPOB member, and he is not agitating for or supporting our Self-Determination cause. Why link him to IPOB’s fight for independence? Peter Obi is unknown to IPOB based on our biodata bank.
Our demand is for our unalienable right to self-determination, which we seek through a political procedure called a referendum that is widely acknowledged and accepted and is outlined in the United Nations Charter.
Since we are not politicians and have no shared interests, IPOB wishes to use this platform and chance to caution all Nigerian politicians against associating IPOB with their politics and hiring practices. We are defenders of freedom.