Leadership of the proscribed IPOB, Indigenous People of Biafra, has released a statement claiming that governors of the South-East geopolitical zone have lost legitimacy and are in no position to determine the fate of Ndigbo.
The group claimed that the governors are minded to launching counter-secessionist groups, and that such a plan will fail.
The Chairman, South-East Governors’ Forum and Governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi, had said that leaders of the South-East zone were comfortable sticking with Nigeria than move to Biafra.
The governor had also said counter-secessionist groups would arise if IPOB did not stop killings in the zone.
In the IPOB statement, released by its spokesman, Emma Powerful, IPOB stated: “We wish to remind South-East governors that their disgraceful plan of creating another group to checkmate IPOB is dead on arrival. The people have lost confidence in them and just as their imaginary Ebube Agu security outfit, no such faceless group can survive in the South-East.
“But we want to remind South-East governors and the Igbo political elite that they represent less than one percent of the Biafran population. The rest of over 99% of the people earnestly ask for Biafra, and the train has long left the station.
“It is unfortunate that the South-East governors are the ones contemplating to create anarchy in the region. Now, we can see the real sponsors of the festering insecurity in the region.
“The world is still in shock of that act where Nigerian police killed Nigerian DSS, as unknown gunmen who are terrorizing innocent citizens, and tagged him as ESN and IPOB.”