By David-Chyddy Eleke in Awka
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has described the recent report of the All Progressives Congress (APC) favouring the creation of state police as a bait to lure Nigerians into reelecting them in 2019.
IPOB said Nigerians voted President Muhammadu Buhari because of his campaign for the restructuring of Nigeria, but dumped the idea immediately he was elected.
The group said selecting just a part of the restructuring agenda which is the state police was not acceptable as it was a ploy to portray itself as a listening government.
In a statement made available to THISDAY in Awka and signed by its Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, the group said even though it is not calling for the restructuring of Nigeria as its aim is total freedom for Biafra, it is obligated to warn Nigerians of the fraud the federal government was about to commit.
â€œWe are not interested in whatever structural reforms the government of Nigeria wishes to undertake because the key tenet of democracy which is public debate and vote on a crucial matter is conspicuously lacking inÂ their approach and proposal for state police.
â€œOur primary interest remains the full restoration of the sovereignty of the nation of Biafra and nothing more. Anything short of a referendum to ascertain the wishes of the people is dead on arrival for us.
â€œEven the most unintelligent person knows that this state police proposal is a key component, if not the central plank, of report on restructuring by the APC committee appointed by the presidency.
â€œIt is a calculated fraud designed to buy time and confuse the gullible. It is merely an election gimmick calculated to deflect attention and convey the impression that this is a listening government which is a lie.
â€œThis APC regime promised restructuring before they were elected into power, today they are ardent opponents of restructuring. With this state police gimmick, once you elect them back in 2019 they will become critics of state police.
â€œOnly the gullible, foolish and unintelligent will be taken in by this charade. Had this regime been sincere about their intentions, they would have implemented the proposal immediately rather than merely issuing it as a report to be debated upon.â€