DOS-led IPOB Disown the Video Showing Group of Masked Individuals Planning to Assassinate Muhammadu Buhari & Others
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) under the leadership team of the Directorate of State (DOS) wish to disown and dissociate itself from a video posted on the Internet which shows a group of people with Biafran flags making a speech part of which includes the assassination of Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retired) and the serving governors of the Igbo-speaking states of Biafra. Here is the link to the despicable video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qKrFxXz9CQs&feature=youtube (NOTE: The said video was removed from public viewing by YouTube with a notice that reads “This video has been removed for violating YouTube’s policy on harmful or dangerous content”.
In the said video, some individuals dressed in all-black attire covered their faces like Boko Haram and similar terrorist groups and had Biafran flags displayed around them in a location that looks like a forest. In a prepared speech read by one of them, they threatened to kill Buhari on the 14th of November 2017 if he dares to visit Biafraland. They also promised to kill any governor from the Southeast who is associated with bringing Buhari to Biafraland.
The DOS wishes to categorically state that we are not into armed struggle nor are we into any form of terrorism. We have chosen the peaceful and bloodless path of restoration of Biafra through the instrumentality of United Nations-mandated and supervised Referendum. To achieve this objective, we have joined the Lower Niger Independence Movement (LONIM) which is not a group but a coalition platform for all pro-self-determination groups in the eastern half of Southern Nigeria.
This nebulous video could have been made by the central government’s security services with a primary intent to smear pro-Biafra agitators whose unarmed and nonviolent modus operandi have been well-established and also well-known worldwide. Perhaps, this could be a devilish scheme devised to frighten the indigenous peoples of the Lower Niger by making them to believe that the frontline agitators for their peoples’ self-determination may now be opting for terror tactics to replace the “weapon” of civil disobedience as perfected and preached by the likes of Mahatma Ghandi, Dr. Martin Luther-King, Jr., and Madiba Mandela, the first president of democratic South Africa after decades of apartheid. This ruse shall not fly because every effort shall be made to fully discover who are behind this video in the near future.
The IPOB-DOS is partnering with other groups to strengthen LONIM to achieve its objective. We do not believe in violence and will never support any action that will lead to loss of lives and properties. The DOS hereby cautions whichever group that is sponsoring these terrorists to stop and desist from dragging the name of Biafra into this hall of infamy. Although Muhammadu Buhari has severally committed genocide plus other heinous crimes against Biafrans, we will leave him to be indicted, tried, convicted and sentenced by a competent court or tribunal at the appropriate time. We shall never take the laws into our hands or resort to violence.
The DOS-led IPOB, therefore, distance themselves from this video which has all the characteristics of terrorism. We call on the entire world to note that we are not part of the group that sponsored this video. We strongly believe in a peaceful and legitimate way to restore Biafra. IPOB is more than convinced that Biafra restoration must come to pass irrespective of what and how Muhammadu Buhari and his fellow Fulani-controlled Sokoto Islamic Caliphate cabal members feel about it.
We reiterate and affirm that the restoration of nation of Biafra is a divine project whose time has come and is, therefore, unstoppable, unquenchable, irreversible, and irrevocable.
Long live IPOB, long live LONIM, and long live the nation of Biafra!!!
Barrister Emma Nmezu Dr. Clifford Chukwuemeka Iroanya
Spokespersons for IPOB