The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has expressed
readiness for a peaceful negotiation and dialogue with the Nigerian government.
IPOB’s spokesman, Emma Powerful, said the group would agree
to a peaceful negotiation and a United Nations, UN, supervised referendum.
Powerful said IPOB would push for a peaceful referendum
within the ambit of the law.
A statement by Powerful reads: “We the global family and
movement of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) ably led by Onyendu Mazi
Nnamdi Kanu wish to reiterate once again that IPOB remains peaceful and we
remain open for negotiations and dialogue on peaceful exit of Biafra from
Nigeria through a UN supervised Referendum.
“IPOB’s peaceful agitation for Biafra Independence started
in 2012. Never has IPOB been associated with violence or criminality in all our
years of rallies and protests. Nevertheless, Nigeria’s government, through her
murderous Security Forces, has levied war against IPOB.
“IPOB is ready to meet with the Nigeria government any day
they are ready for negotiations on Biafra referendum. IPOB supports peaceful
separation from the contraption formed by foreigners called Nigeria. We believe
Biafra can be achieved without war and shedding of innocent blood of Biafrans
“We are bold to say that IPOB has never raised arms against
the Nigeria State, but we have defended ourselves and our land against Fulani
herdsmen and their supporters. IPOB has not shedded any innocent blood and will
not shed any innocent blood but will always defend ourselves against an attack
from any quarter.
“IPOB is ready for dialogue on Biafra referendum date and
procedures. We want peace and are ever ready to leave Nigeria in peace but not
the peace of the graveyard. We remain resolute and focused towards our goal,
which is Biafra Independence via a referendum. The earlier the Nigeria
government schedule a referendum date for Biafrans to decide their fate, the
better for everyone.
“This message represents the views of our leader Mazi Nnamdi
KANU, IPOB leadership, and the global family members of IPOB.
“IPOB stands for peace. We stand for dialogue, and we stand
for discussions. The cardinal rule under which IPOB was formed is to lead the
way to a peaceful separation of Biafra from Nigeria. Biafra and Nigeria are two
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