- Nnamdi Kanu mocked Ohanaeze Ndigbo's claim to be in talks with the presidency
- He said he would rather die in prison than allow the Igbo group to claim the credit for his release
- He warned President Buhari that the pro-Biafra movement was "unstoppable"
The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has mocked Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation in Nigeria, over its claims that Biafra is in talks with President Muhammadu Buhari.
IPOB's United Kingdom spokespersons, Dr Clifford Iroanya and Emma Mmezu, issued a statement commenting on the development.
The statement quoted Kanu as saying: “I will rather die in jail than for Ohanaeze Ndigbo to claim the glory of my release.”
“We are in court and our wish is to expose the fraudulent charge of treasonable felony before the whole world. At the end of this case, the corrupt and compromised segment of the Nigerian judiciary will be publicly disgraced,” it further reads.
“Our march to freedom is unstoppable; this is something Buhari ought to know. We have come to die for Biafra if that is what it will take to be free. Our resolve should not be underestimated. As our leader will always say, “Nigeria will kill us, we will kill them but in the end, we will win.”
Ohaneze Ndigbo claimed to be in talks with the presidency without disclosing details of its discussions or the presidency officials it met “for security reasons”, but emphasized that discussions were already at an advanced stage between its leaders and key figures in the presidency.
Kanu has become a leader for the pro-Biafra movement, which calls for the independence of the Biafran territories compulsorily annexed to Nigeria during the British colonisation, which ended in 1960.
A Biafran Republic was established in 1967 and re-annexed to Nigeria in 1970, after a civil war that claimed between one and three million lives.