Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu on Monday said Igbos vacating the North was not a condition for the actualisation of Biafra.
Kanu spoke in an interview with journalists in Enugu, where he received awards from a number of pan-Igbo groups, including the Igbo Women Assembly, the Eastern Consultative Assembly and the Igbo Students Union.
While reacting to the quit notice issued to Igbos in the North, Kanu said secession does not imply that Igbo must leave any part of Nigeria.
He said, “You are aware that Scotland is seeking to leave the United Kingdom? Are you remotely implying that every person from Scotland, who lives in England, should now return to Scotland?
“Britain just left the EU. Are you now implying that every British citizen in the EU should come back to Britain in order to finalise that process of extraction of Britain from the EU?”
He described the Arewa Youth who have the ultimatum as ‘inconsequential’.
Kanu, nonetheless, warned that Igbo, who resided in the North, were doing so at their own peril.
He stated, “It is up to them. They have been in the North, and they (northerners) have been killing us (Igbo) since 1945.
“If you choose to live in the North, you choose to be a sacrificial lamb because one day, they will kill you. It is a choice they have made and they will have to live with it.”
He further insisted that the governorship poll in Anambra State, scheduled to hold on November 18, 2017, would not hold.
He added, “No, I’m not (bothered) because the people are with us. We control the people 100 per cent and come Anambra, on the 18th of November, 2017, the whole world will be amazed.”
Kanu said IPOB did not intend to stop anybody who decided to vote.
“We are entirely peaceful. We are not stopping anyone from voting. If you want to vote, you can go and vote. We are democrats,” he said.
The IPOB leader added, “We are calling for a referendum so that the people can actually decide, once and for all, what they want, for themselves; not anybody deciding for them.
“I have not argued Biafra from the standpoint of absolutism. I am not saying you must vote for Biafra. I am asking the powers that be in Nigeria to allow the people to determine for themselves.”