IPOB: How Buhari Encourages Biafra Self-determination


Emmanuel Ugwu, Umuahia

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has made a critical assessment of President Muhammadu Buhari’s policies in the last one year, and declared that he has wittingly and unwittingly encouraged the rising wave of agitations for Biafra’s self determination through his actions.

Aside from IPOB, the nascent Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) has joined the clamour for self-determination, calling for an independent Niger Delta region just as IPOB is agitating for an independent Biafra.

In a statement issued by the duo of Barrister Emma Mmezu and Dr Clifford Iroanya, IPOB spokesmen, the group said that the president “has significantly catalyzed and fast-forwarded the restoration of the nation of Biafra”.

According to IPOB, “Without the efforts of Buhari, the crescendo reached today on the return of the nation of Biafra would not have been possible”, citing “the genocidal killings of Biafrans from August 2015 to February 2016, and to the utter disregard of court orders”.

The pro-Biafra organisation noted that former president, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, had by ignoring it made it irrelevant but his successor, Buhari “has steadily and consistently worked in the favour of the re-emergence of Biafra” by haunting pro-Biafra activists.

Buhari has vowed that he would crush any group with separatist tendencies, adding that Nigeria he would never be allowed to disintegrate under his watch but IPOB said that Mr. President’s propensity to resolve every problem with force was already working against the unity of Nigeria.