The Igbo for Nigeria Movement (INM) has called for the immediate probe of groups and individuals alleged to be sponsoring the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
The national leader of the group, Mazi Ifeanyi Igwe, while speaking at a press conference at the weekend, said it was reacting to a shocking revelation made by Society for Civil Liberties and the Rule of Law (Intersociety) and Southeast-based Coalition of Human Rights Organizations (SBCHROs) on those funding the Biafra agitators.
Igwe said Intersociety and SBCHROs in their recent statement gave names of those behind the agitators as, Amnesty International, Alaigbo Development Foundation, Igbo Youth Movement, Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, US Embassy in Nigeria, among others. He said Anambra State governor, Willie Obiano was also alleged to have given car and cash gifts to IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu.
The group claimed that some Igbo elites and organisations were channelling resources meant for improving the lives of Nigerians to the separatist group to finance their activities.
“The five south-east states are not governed by Hausa-Fulani or Yoruba; they have been governed by our own blood since the return to civil rule in 1999. What this recent development is telling us is that the governors have been doling out their states’ money to Biafra agitators under different covers,” he said.
“We further want Kanu, IPOB, MASSOB, Intersociety and others to know that we are not willing to begin to apply for visas to continue living in places that millions of us know as home. We are facing the reality of our limited landmass that would immediately spell trouble on more than one front. Same way we don’t want to sell our properties in other parts of Nigeria at giveaway prices.
“Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has been named as a patron of separatists. He was placed on the same level as the IPOB leader. We want to ask why he never pushed for fiscal federalism the various times he has presided over the amendment of the constitution”, he added.