IPOB Warns Against Misrepresentation Of Kanu’s ‘Message Of Peace’
-Says ‘IPOB is ready for peace if Nigeria is out for peace’
Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has reacted to reports that its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, has called on the members of his organisation to ‘embrace peace with Nigeria.’
IPOB, in a statement, signed by its Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, said Kanu only told his followers to ensure continued peace amongst themselves and to embrace peace in the movement.
The statement reads: “The fallacious reports in some national dailies that our great leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, has asked IPOB members to embrace peace with Nigeria is another attempt by our enemies to sow a seed of disunity in our midst.
“They think they can report the messenger out of context and possibly cause disaffection in the IPOB family but that antics can no longer work.
“We are surprised at the mischievous twisting of a clear message from our leader by the enemies of the struggle. Their aim is to create confusion and cause disaffection in the IPOB family but they came too late.
“We, therefore, want to put the record straight: What our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu said was that IPOB members should ensure continued peace in the movement. He urged those who are trying to get distracted to embrace peace in the movement and ensure the house is intact as a family.
“Nnamdi Kanu never called for anybody to relax but advised family members worldwide to embrace peace within the family. We are ready for peace if they need our peace. Those traitors trying to create confusion in the family should be careful.
“Because IPOB is a peaceful nonviolent movement, our doors are open for meaningful and sincere peaceful engagement with other nationalities in Nigeria and even with the Nigerian government if Nigeria government is ready for such peaceful engagement.
“We are human beings and cannot jeopardise our honour and respect before the international community. But before we enter into any peaceful engagement with Nigeria, Nigeria must show us that it is favourably disposed towards peace.
“IPOB is ready for peace if Nigeria is out for peace, but so far, Nigeria has only proved it is out for violence. But no matter how much they persecute us, the Nigerian security agents cannot break our resolve to get the Biafra people liberated.
“Our leader only reiterated the need for IPOB members to co-exist peacefully.”