IPOB in a statement circulated on Thursday said the group succeeded in preventing Buhari from attending the South-East Economic and Security Summit (SEESS) in Enugu.
The IPOB spokesperson Powerful Emma, who released the statement, said the global community would have had the opportunity to justify the killings and illegal arrest of its members by the Nigerian government had the President visited.
“The indigenous people of Biafra IPOB worldwide and it’s leadership commend the people of Biafra over their supports towards stopping the president Muhamadu Buhari not to attend the economic summit in Enugu today been 22nd December 2016.
“We thank everybody who participated in making these efforts a reality because the leader of the indigenous people of Biafra mazi Nnamdi Kanu and other leadership have drafted 2020 men to Enugu who are ready to die with Buhari today in Enugu.
Buhari stayed away from the maiden edition of the summit.
Buhari was meant to be the Chief Guest of Honour at the summit, which held in the Enugu State Government House, according to the programme of the event.
Although the President was expected at the event, as noted by several speakers who spoke during the event, he did not show up, neither was he represented, reports Sahara Reporters
Also, ministers from the South-East, who were slated to make presentations at the event, all stayed away.