‘Any attack on Ndigbo during the election will be reciprocated’
By Valentine Amanze
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has warned against threats by a “monarch” to deal with Ndigbo if the 2023 presidential election does not favour his preferred (kinsman) candidate.
IPOB, in a statement issued by its Media and Publicity Secretary, Comrade Emma Powerful, pointed out that the threat by a South West monarch made nonsense of the exercise scheduled for this weekend.
IPOB further stated that while it was not participating in the elections, it would not tolerate the molestation of Ndigbo in Nigeria as a result of the exercise.
“While we Biafrans await a date for Referendum, nobody should threaten Ndigbo and Biafrans residing temporarily in other parts of Nigeria for any reason.
“IPOB wants to state unequivocally that any attack in any part of Nigeria on the Biafran people or the Igbo Nation or their properties on account of the choice of individuals to participate and vote according to their conviction during this so called election will be met with adequate and commensurate action,” it stated.
The pan-Igbo movement also appealed to the people of good conscience in the North and West to caution their traditional rulers and politicians who want to use Ndigbo and Biafrans as scapegoat in the election to be very careful and retrace their step.
“Gone were the days when Ndigbo would be threatened and intimidated during elections. As long as Biafrans have not been given the opportunity to exit Nigeria via a referendum, IPOB will not stand by and watch any Nigerian or non-Nigerian to threaten Buafrans or carry out such threats against us and get away with it.
“Nobody has the right to threaten Ndigbo or attempt to compell them to vote for a particular party or candidate. Any Biafran, who wants to vote in this election, has the right to vote for any party or candidate of his/her choice, and nobody should direct or threaten them to vote a particular party in their community or state,” it said.
Besides, IPOB advised Ndigbo, Biafrans and non-indigenes to be prepared to defend their property, family and their own lives during and after the election period.
“Do not allow anyone to use you or your family as a sacrificial lamb this time around,” it stated.