Embattled leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, has reiterated his resolve to continue in the struggle for the actualisation of the independence of Biafra, stressing that only death can stop him from the struggle.
Kanu stated this while reacting to a statement credited to former militant group, Movement for the Emancipation of Niger Delta, MEND, where the group claimed it could reached an agreement with the Federal Government for Kanu’s release but he must denounce the struggle.
In a statement by its spokespersons, Emma Nmezu and Dr. Clifford Iroanya, titled, “Biafra or death”, the group lashed out at MEND and the Federal Government, saying both bodies were “scavenging for relevance.”
According to the statement, “MEND and the federal government can conveniently carry out their operation without dragging the name of IPOB and Nnamdi Kanu into that shenanigan, as we are not interested in their devilish acts.
“We want to make it categorically clear that MEND and their Ahithophel Team are strictly on their own and do not in any way, shape or form represent IPOB or the leader of IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. When we say “Biafra or Death”, we meant every syllable of that phrase”.
“MEND and the federal government can conveniently carry out their operation without dragging the name of IPOB and Nnamdi Kanu into that shenanigan, as we are not interested in their devilish acts.
“Again, we reiterate that Nnamdi Kanu is not Ralph Uwazuruike and IPOB is not MASSOB. Therefore, anybody thinking that our leader will renounce Biafra is certifiably mad. For both IPOB and their leader, Nnamdi Kanu, it is either we get Biafra or we die on the process of getting it. There is no middle ground”.
The group also expressed its support for fellow separatist group, Niger Delta Avengers, saying both group shared “same aspiration which is the liberation of the people” in their region.
“IPOB and their leader Mazi Kanu are in full support of any group of dedicated and hard-core freedom fighters such as the Niger Delta Avengers [NDA], as we share the same aspiration which is the liberation of our people.
“We have stated unequivocally and without any fear of contradiction that we are fully in support of the NDA as they embark on freeing themselves from the British criminality called Nigeria, a contraption led by a man that committed treason on December 31, 1983,” the statement added.