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‘I Will Rather Die In Jail Than For Ohaneze To Claim Glory For My Release’ – Kanu

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The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has issued a stern warning to persons and groups who claim to be their representatives, including the members of Ohanaeze Ndigbo and its youth wing.

This was contained in a statement signed the United Kingdom spokesmen of IPOB, Dr Clifford Iroanya and Emma Mmezu, a lawyer in response to an alarm raised by some of their members in Enugu State alleging that some suspected members of Ohanaeze Ndigbo and their youth wing claimed that they were representing IPOB in meeting with some American officials who were in Nigeria to have a meeting with the group on the release of their leader.

According to the group, their incarcerated leader and Director of Radio Biafra, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu had dissociated himself from the Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, and added that he would rather die in jail than for Ndigbo to take the glory for his release.

”I will rather die in jail than for Ohanaeze Ndigbo to claim the glory for my release,“ Kanu reportedly said.

The statement said: “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.

“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.

“The people went ahead to speak for IPOB when they do not have the power and authorization of the group to speak for them.

“People alleged to be members of Ohanaeze Ndigbo and Ohanaeze Youth wing were said to have met with some Americans at Nike Lake Resort Hotel between 6pm and 7pm Saturday evening.

“If any country or group is coming to Nigeria to discuss anything concerning IPOB and the release or freedom of our incarcerated leader and Director of Radio Biafra, Mr. Nnandi Kanu, it is not Ohanaeze Ndigbo or their youth wing that will speak for us because they are not our members and so, cannot represent or speak for us.

“We urge the Americans who came for the meeting that the alleged representatives of IPOB did not represent or have our support. Nobody speaks or represents IPOB except its principal and designated officers.

“We learnt that they cornered some Americans who came to Enugu to have audience with the IPOB over the way forward on the issue of Biafra agitation and the continued incarceration of our leader Mr. Nnamdi Kanu. We want to let the world know that they do not have authority to speak or represent us. They are on their own and should be ignored.

“We want to use this opportunity to tell the Americans that came and the world that the people who claimed to have represented IPOB in the meeting were impostors, they are not members of IPOB, they are the usual Ohanaeze contractors who will always condemn IPOB, but will be fast to hijack anything good that is coming to the South East states through IPOB. They do not have our support and will never represent us in anything.

“We want to tell the representatives of the American government who met with them at Nike Lake Resort Hotel between 6pm and 7pm Friday evening to ignore them and whatever discussion concerning IPOB they had with them, because it does not represent our views or demands as IPOB members.”

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