- IPOB is insisting the Biafra map covers the Niger Delta region
- It said those wanting to join Biafra must display strong willingness
- It gave the example of Bayelsa which it says is committed to Biafra agitation
The indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has said that the proposed independent state will not be restricted to the five Igbo-speaking states alone but will also include Niger Delta states.
In a report on Tuesday, July 11, the group in a statement by its spokesperson, Emma Powerful, said states that are interested in being part of Biafra must display strong willingness to do so.
The group criticised those saying Biafra was for Igbo states alone but excluded Benin saying the region and others must use the ballot box as an indication of their interest in Biafra.
The statement reads: “We blame those who restricted Biafra restoration project and IPOB activities to only the 5 Igbo speaking South East States for the misconception that Biafra restoration is an all Igbo affair when Bayelsa is more devoted to the Biafra cause than Imo state. Biafra comprises both South East and South South excluding Benin.
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“However, Benin and every other ethnic nationality wishing to become part of Biafra must demonstrate their willingness via the ballot box.
“Biafra is a coalition of willing ethnic nationalities as nobody or group will be forced to join without the people willingly voting in a referendum to join the union.”
Meanwhile, a former governor of Abia, Dr Orji Kalu, said that Nigeria has 'gone past quit notice' as the various ethnic groups that make up the country have lived harmoniously for many years.
Kalu, who was referring to the quit notice issued to Igbo people to leave northern Nigeria by Arewa youths, said everything possible should be done to strengthen the unity of the country.
Kalu said in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Tuesday, July 10, that Nigeria had come to stay but suggested that the country should go back to regionalism.
The All Progressive Congress (APC) chieftain said no strong politician would promote ethnicity and urged all hands to be on the deck to strengthen Nigeria’s unity.
The former governor said that he would continue to preach one Nigeria, and “talk about the virtues of President Muhammadu Buhari.
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