A former Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, has turned down his nomination by the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra as one of its representatives to negotiate or discuss on behalf of the group.
IPOB had on Wednesday listed Anyaoku as one of the “elders of proven integrity” that would represent it in “negotiations” and “discussions” with some United States (US) Congressmen, who are reportedly in Nigeria on a fact-finding mission concerning the agitation for a Biafran State.
IPOB also listed former Vice-President Alex Ekwueme; Constitutional lawyer, Prof. Ben Nwabueze; the Archbishop of Owerri Catholic Diocese, Archbishop Anthony Obinna; a Biafran civil war army commander, Gen. Alex Madiebo (retd.); and an activist, Dr. Arthur Nwankwo.
But Anyaoku in a brief response to a PUNCH enquiry, said while he had yet to be contacted by the Pro-Biafra group, he would not accept the appointment.
He said, “I have not been approached nor would I be willing to undertake such an assignment in the present circumstances”.