Buhari’s suppression led to IPOB agitation, says Kanu

Buhari’s suppression led to IPOB agitation, says Kanu

The leader of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu,  has claimed unfair treatment of  Igbo by   successive governments led to  IPOB’s agitation   for the Sovereign State of Biafria.

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Kanu  alleged that the  Muhammadu Buhari government  and the All Progressives Congress had  aggravated the situation, hence  IPOB decided to lead the  fight for Igbo separation.

In a paper he presented  to the European Union Parliament on Tuesday obtained   Kanu  said,  “After the  civil war, Biafrans slowly rebuilt their world, but as far as Nigeria was concerned, they were not and never had been Biafrans, but were Nigerians from South-East or Igbo-speaking Nigerians.

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“The Biafran war was airbrushed out of the Nigerian consciousness. Biafrans could only whisper about their loss. Joining the global Biafran diaspora was one option for those who could get out of the country; others remained in Biafraland, their Biafran identity amongst themselves, undiminished.”

He added,   “Nigeria leaders, particularly the present administration of Buhari, continue to prioritise crushing assertions of Biafra identity. It  has been the order of the day as even peacefully commemorating the war risks arrest, detention prohibited ill-treatment or being shot.”

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He said the military operations in the South-East, Operation Python Dance, were laden with intimidation, systemic human rights violations carried out by the state with impunity. Kanu said   IPOB was targeted for destruction.

He said, “Nigeria has always been a fiction because it was created for British administrative and colonial continence in 1914, having drawn together alleged desperate people into one entity.”

Meanwhile, the group  has said it is  not afraid of the  criminal complaint lodged against  Kanu by Mr Thomas Carroll of GAYLORD POPP, LLC, acting on behalf of the Incorporated Trustees of Make Nigeria Better Initiative, at the International Criminal Court at The Hague.

IPOB’s Director of Media and Publicity, Emma Powerful, told our correspondent that if  the ICC  entertained  the  complaint, they  would use the opportunity to tell the world how Nigerian leaders had maimed innocent citizens.

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