The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has reportedly said that he would rather die in prison than allow Igbo group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo to claim the glory for his release.
According to IPOB, Kanu said “I will rather die in jail than for Ohanaeze Ndigbo to claim the glory of my release” in a bid to dissociate his group from Ohanaeze.
The secessionist group always warned Ohanaeze to stop impersonating its leaders.
IPOB expressed the sentiment via a statement released by its United Kingdom spokesmen, Dr Clifford Iroanya and Emma Mmezu.
“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.”
“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 urged 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.”
Kanu was arrested in October 2015 and is currently being held at the Kuje Prison on charges of treason.