Owerri - The crisis rocking the Indigenous people of Biafra (IPOB) on Thursday deepened with the emergence of a third faction claiming to be the authentic group representing the organization.
The new group, which parades itself as the Reformed Indigenous People of Biafra (RE-IPOB) disclosed that it has sacked the IPOB led by the detained Director of Radio Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu and the new faction,The Rebranded Indigenous People of Biafra (TRIPOB) ,which have Chima Philip Effiong Osuji, as its spokesman,
The new faction stressed that both groups no longer have the right to speak for Biafra.
The new group a statement by its spokesman, Ikemba Biafra, promised to disclose its leader on Monday, August 29 and, advised all pro-Biafran agitators to remain peaceful and warned security agents to stop molesting Biafran activists.
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It claimed that Kanu has lost touch with realities of Biafra while TRIPOB has ‘nothing to offer’ as splinter group of IPOB.
The statement reads:“Both IPOB and TRIPOB have been sacked; they should no longer speak for the Biafran people. They are the same outfit and have nothing to offer Biafra.
"We warn that if Nnamdi Kanu , IPOB and the so-called TRIPOB continue their antics , RE-IPOB will be forced to make public the sponsors of the two groups.
"RE-IPOB will not accede to the burning of the Biafran flag as the sacked TRIPOB planned. The Biafran flag is sacred to Biafrans.”
"RE-IPOB is open to dialogue if the Nigerian government is sincere in ending the protracted agitations for an independent state of Biafra, and warned that the group .
“If the federal government is sincere in its dialogue with RE-IPOB, then the Biafran flag can be exchanged with the Nigerian flag in the presence of President Muhammadu Buhari, the National Security Adviser, Director of State Security and the Elders of Biafra.
"If the dialogue is fruitful; then a peace treaty and a ‘no victor no vanquished tree’ will be planted at Gakem where the first shot of the Nigerian Civil war started and at Amichi Nnewi where the formal cessation of hostilities of the war began.”
- News 24