IPOB has told governor Wike that he should pursue Biafra cause just like his presidential bid, The Nation report.
The proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has slammed Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State over claims that he supports IPOB’s agitation.
The group said such sudden claims were informed by his need for support and vote of Ndigbo towards his presidential aspiration ahead 2023 election.
IPOB, in a statement by its Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, said it would only be convinced of Wike’s support if he secured the release of its abducted members and pursue the Biafra cause. It told the governor to stop dissipating his energy because he would not escape judgment for his actions against his fellow Biafrans who he denied.
The statement reads: “Recent statements by Governor Wike and his cronies, that he supports the Biafra cause, show he is under the influence of something. Is it not the same Wike who classified IPOB as violent organisation and ordered us to keep off Rivers State? How politicians lie blatantly without shame! Just because of politics, Wike has become a shameless liar.
“Wike knows he needs the support and vote of the Igbo and other Biafrans, that is why he suddenly turned to be a supporter of IPOB. Was it not the same Wike who sponsored the massacre of Biafrans and IPOB members in Obigbo during the #EndSARS protest in 2020?
“We won’t forget the atrocities of Wike against Biafra. We know our friends and supporters and they know us. Wike should stop dissipating his energy because he will not escape judgment for his wickedness against his fellow Biafrans who he denied. The Obigbo genocide will always hunt him.
“Governor Wike cannot claim to be unaware of the great efforts and sacrifices of IPOB members in his election as governor, especially in his second tenure when the evil forces in Abuja wanted to stop him at all cost. Our men paid the supreme price, standing firm behind him, thinking he is a human being but, unknown to us, he is worse than our known enemies.
“Wike stop lying. You are not supporting Biafra. If you are, go and secure the release of all those kidnapped in Obigbo at your behest the same way you secured your nomination and expression of interest forms.
“Pursue the Biafra cause the same way you are pursuing your presidential project, then we will be convinced you truly support our agitation.”