IPOB flag (file photo)
By Valentine Amanze
The Mazi Nnamdi Kanu-led Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has called on its members resident in Lagos and other parts of Nigeria to come back home and be counted during the forthcoming population census.
The group disclosed that it would use the coming census organized by the Nigeria government to ascertain the population and the size of amenities needed in “Biafra territory.”
In a statement issued by its Media and Publicity Secreatary, Emma Powerful, IPOB explained that the mass return of its people during the forthcoming population census would enable it quantify the population of Biafrans in Nigeria.
“Therefore, we must cease the opportunity Nigeria government is offering to our benefit. They have always told the world that we are a dot with an insignificant population.
“Now is the time to let the world know the population of Biafrans in Nigeria as Biafra agitation is gathering international attention and speed,” IPOB stated.
It further stated that those who disenfranchised Biafrans during the “last fraudulent elections” should not be allowed to use its members to boost their population again.
“They have always used Biafran’s population for a higher allocation yet deny Biafrans opportunity to freely participate in the national issues in their territories. It’s time we use our tongue to count our teeth,” it stated.