IPOB ‘not against restructuring’, stresses restoration of Biafra State as primary demand

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The Indigenous People of Biafra has said that it is “not against restructuring”, emphasizing that its primary goal is the restoration of the Biafra State.

The message was delivered by the group’s Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, on Monday in a statement read in Awka, Anambra State. “We are not against restructuring, but our demand is not restructuring,” Mr Powerful said.

“Our demand is restoration of Biafra State. All we need is a date for referendum to decide whether or not we want to continue with this forced marriage. “Those who think Nigeria is ready for restructuring may have to think again. Those benefiting from the current lop-sidedness have made restructuring impossible. They are unlikely to heed the clamour for restructuring. “But for us, the only thing that can make us slow down a little is government giving us date for referendum. Restoration of the Sovereign State of Biafra is a divine mandate.”

Previously on Saturday, Mr Powerful also revealed during an interview with Vanguard that the group had not made any statement on the visit of several Igbo leaders to Aso Villa to urge President Muhammadu Buhari for the unconditional release of the group’s leader, Nnamdi Kanu, who had been detained by the Department of State Services (DSS) since June.“We don’t have any position on that,” Mr Powerful insisted. “We are waiting for the unconditional release of our leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, because he committed nothing to deserve his current ordeals and inhuman treatments.