IPOB logo (file photo)
The Mazi Nnamdi Kanu-led Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has condemned the recent attack by terrorists, which claimed the lives of no fewer than 35 Nigerian soldiers, mostly from the South East.
It also urged the Nigerian Army to stop deploying the Igbo and Christians in the army to the terrorists-infested areas of Northern Nigeria.
IPOB, in a statement issued by its Media and Publicity Secretary, Media, Comrade Emma Powerful, alleged that the killing of the soldiers was pre-planned by bandits, Boko Haram, Ansaru, ISWAP and their collaborators to eliminate the young Igbo soldiers and (Christian) officers who recently passed out from the Nigerian War Training College in Jaji, Kaduna State.
“The Chief of Army Staff, General Faruk Yahaya, and his officers deliberately set these young men up to be massacred by terrorists and bandits rampaging the North.
“The Nigerian Army high command as usual colluded with these terrorists to ensure that the job was successful,” the group alleged.
IPOB also accused Yahaya and his Defence counterpart, General Irabo, of ethnic cleansing agenda., stressing, “Constant mass retirement of men and officers of the Nigerian Army from the South and particularly South East would raise eyebrows; they have now devised another method of achieving thier evil plan which is tactically deploying these South East and Southern soldiers to the frontline to be ambushed by the terrorists after furnishing them with the necessary information about the movement of the soldiers.”
IPOB however lamented that the Nigerian government assumes that all Igbo, Christian soldiers and policemen from the South East and South South are IPOB members and therefore liable to die, alleginging that the soldiers drafted to the South East were all repented Boko Haram terrorists recruited into Nigeria Army to unleash terror in the region.