The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has said Biafra is optional for non-Igbo ethnic nationalities in the old Eastern region.
This was contained in a statement issued on Sunday, January 23z by Emma Powerful, the IPOB Spokesman.
According to him, IPOB would not coerce other ethnic nationalities to be a part of Biafra.
Powerful explained that referendum would allow the people to decide their fate on Biafra agitation.
The IPOB statement reads: “Any tribe or ethnicity who doesn’t want to be part of Biafra will never be forced to do so. Such tribes are free to go on their own but you must conduct referendum for your people to decide their fate on the agitation for Biafra.”
He recalled that Igbos never fought other ethnic nationalities in the old Eastern region in the past because they believe in unity.
Powerful urged other tribes to fight for their freedom because they won’t be forced to join Biafra.
He added that tribes like Ijaw and others from the Mid-Western region would still be seen as “Igbo brothers and sisters.”
“We can attest that Igbo people never fought against any tribe in olden days; because Igbo believe in (Onyeaghala Nwanne ya and, Ibiri Kamu biri) (live and let live).
“Igbo are not going to force anybody or tribe to join the fight for Biafra freedom. Let every tribe try what they can to wake up for their freedom; because freedom is good and remains the best for all of us,” he added.
Meanwhile, former President Olusegun Obasanjo has declared that he would never return to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP; saying he has retired from partisan politics.
Obasanjo made this call on Saturday, January 22, when he received the PDP National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu; and other stakeholders who paid him a visit on Saturday in Abeokuta, Ogun State.
According to sources, the visit was targeted at returning the former president to the opposition party; ahead of the 2023 general elections.
But, Obasanjo, while addressing the stakeholders, said he had vowed to remain as a statesman. He, however, said PDP would always be part of his life.
He said, “I’m no longer in partisan politics and there is nothing that can bring back. Anybody who wants my advice, I will always be there in the best interest of Nigeria.”