The Customary Government of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has dissociated the group from a report linking its members to a threat to blow up a hijacked merchant vessel – which has since been released – together with its crew.
In a statement signed by Engr Anthony Aniebue, Administrator, Customary Government of Biafra, the group insisted that all pro-Biafra movements now being harmonized under IPOB customary government were non-violent, and devoid of criminal acts but peaceful in their approach for actualization of the sovereign state of Biafra.
The statement read in part: “Our people have died enough in this our struggle to escape from ‘Egypt’, and we shall die no more.
“It is therefore the decision of the Customary Government of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to dissociate herself and the peace-loving Biafrans from the recent attempt by some violent group to drag the Biafran people into violence by hijacking a maritime vessel off the coast of Republic of Benin.
“The Customary Government of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) hereby call on all Biafrans, irrespective of one’s ethnic nationality, through their traditional leadership, to rally round this Customary Government in order to restore Biafra peacefully as quickly as possible”.
“All the ethnic nationalities in Biafra: Igbo, Ijaw, Ibibio, Urhobo, Itsekheri etc are hereby advised to mobilize their communities and align themselves under the Customary Government in our current activities to organize a global Biafran community under one traditional government: The Customary Government of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB)”, the statement concluded.