The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has addressed the issue of Igbo presidency in 2019.
Emma Powerful, the spokesperson for the group has defined as political of compensation, the kite being flown by some Northern elders to the effect that Ndigbo would be allowed to clinch the presidential seat.
He stated that they are not interested in Nigeria’s affairs anymore, continuing that those flying the kite of Igbo presidency in 2019 is just a distraction.
The spokesman added that what IPOB wants is to free their leader, Nnamdi Kanu from the custody and to let Biafrans to go and not to play politics of recompense by telling Ndigbo that they will become the president in 2019, seemingly to douse tension.
Powerful reminded that politics of compensation was played during the June 12 1993 saga when the Yorubas were rewarded with Obasanjo presidency in place of M.K.O. Abiola’s canceled poll, just as President Buhari was compensated because of Boko Haram terrorism.
IPOB spokesperson said: “If politics of compensation was used to favour Obasanjo in place of June 12 annulment and was also used to favour Buhari in place insurgency, that is their own cup of tea. But for us in IPOB, we are not interested in that politics of compensation whereby we are being told that an Igboman will become Nigeria’s president in 2019 and we will begin to listen to them”.
“All we want or are interested in is to release our leader, Kanu and then allow Biafra to be and not Igbo presidency.”
A wave of protest has been seen in recent weeks calling for the release of the London-based director of Radio Biafra Nnamdi Kanu, who is also head of the IPOB pressure group.
He has pleaded not guilty to charges of criminal conspiracy and intimidation, and belonging to a barred organisation. He has been staying in the custody of Nigeria's secret police since October.