by Azeez Adeniyi
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has said its demand for a sovereign nation of Biafra is not illegal.
The group said this while reacting to a statement by an elder statesman, Alhaji Tanko Yakassai.
In a statement by its Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, IPOB said its quest to achieve Biafra was unstoppable.
He said: “What IPOB under the leadership of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is doing is completely legal and backed 100 per cent by Nigerian law.
“The fact that President Muhammadu Buhari decided to launch what can be described as malicious persecution of Nnamdi Kanu and IPOB, does not make it illegal. Again, a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja had on February 6, 2017 declared IPOB a legal organization.
“We are aware that Alhaji Tanko Yakassai was misinformed about the situation on the ground concerning the moves going on towards the restoration of Biafra. He and his fellow Nigerians must know that IPOB is unstoppable because we will continue to die for Biafra, until Biafra is restored.
“It is unfortunate that an elderly man like Yakassai cannot tell the correct history to the young ones, but rather deceiving the gullible people. No divide and rule tactics can come between Biafra and the people because they have one value system, culture, tradition and religion.”
According to him, Biafra existed before Nigeria was created in 1914 by Frederic Luggard.
He stated that Nigeria would end, while Biafra would remain.