In response to the demolition of buildings owned by Igbo individuals in Lagos, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has urged the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Southeast governors, and members of the National Assembly to back the movement for the actualization of Biafra.
IPOB’s spokesperson, Emma Powerful, expressed their condemnation of the economic sabotage against the Igbo community by the Lagos State government and criticized the silence of Igbo leaders, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, and Southeastern representatives in the National Assembly.
Powerful’s statement emphasized the need for Igbo politicians and leaders to publicly defend their people against humiliation and intimidation, particularly in light of the ethnic profiling and destruction of Igbo assets in Lagos State. They questioned the reasons behind the apparent reluctance of Igbo leaders to unanimously condemn these actions and protect their community within the Nigerian context.
The statement further called for a meeting among Igbo politicians, governors, senators, representatives, Ohanaeze Ndigbo leaders, traditional rulers, businessmen, and religious leaders to devise strategies for safeguarding Igbo businesses and investments in Lagos State. IPOB highlighted the need for unity and resistance against what they perceive as targeted actions against the Igbo community by Yoruba groups and politicians.
IPOB drew parallels between the current situation and the events of the 1960s that led to the declaration of the Independent State of Biafra. They warned that Nigeria would not survive the renewed “Igbophobia” and ethnic annihilation agenda against the Igbo people, predicting that Nigeria would descend into chaos while the Igbo and Biafrans would continue to persevere.
To prevent another civil war, IPOB called upon the international community, including the United Nations (UN), African Union (AU), and Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), to intervene and support the peaceful separation of Biafra from Nigeria through a UN-supervised referendum.